Mookie Betts agreed to a massive 12-year, $365 million extension with the Dodgers, Yahoo Sports’ Tim Brown confirmed. Betts hasn’t played an official game for the Los Angeles Dodgers yet, but he’s committing to the team for the long haul.
Betts’ deal with the Dodgers weighs in as the second-largest contract in baseball history by total value. Fittingly, it trails only Mike Trout’s $426.5 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels. Mookie has been viewed in recent seasons by popular consensus and Wins Above Replacement calculations as the clear second-best player in the game, behind only Trout.
The deal carries an average annual value of just over $30.4 million. Among currently active contracts, that only ranks 11th. It is, for example, smaller on a yearly basis than Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw’s 3-year, $93 million deal.
While this deal is a lot of money, Mookie Betts is the type of player you spend to keep around. At 27, Betts still has a few years left of elite production before age-related decline kicks in. He and Cody Bellinger will give opposing pitchers nightmares for years to come.
The move also shows Dodgers fans the team is committed to putting a competitive team on the field for years to come. Despite all the team’s success the past couple seasons, the Dodgers haven’t won a World Series. The Betts trade signaled the team desperately wants to break that streak.