The Dodgers were able to lock up Mookie Betts for 12 additional years today. The deal became official when President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman and Mookie made an appearance at a press conference to announce it this afternoon.
I love being here. I love just everything about being here.
During the press conference, Mookie revealed that he would not want a long-term deal with anybody else. The Dodgers were apparently a spot that he preferred, proved by the fact that he had turned down a large extension from the Red Sox.
I don’t know if I ever thought about 13 years. I do know that this is essentially what I’ve been doing my whole life and what I’ve been working towards my whole life. Obviously I gotta thank my parents for being there each and every summer game…I don’t think at any point did we imagine it would be 13 years. But I don’t think it’s very surprising either. Obviously it’s a long-term commitment but I wouldn’t want it with anybody else other than an organization like this.
The fact that the Dodgers were willing to commit 12 additional years to Mookie Betts should tell you everything you need to know about how they view him. Los Angeles has not been willing to commit to long-term deals like this in the past, even for superstars. The team offered Bryce Harper a massive contract, but it wasn’t nearly for the length that Mookie just got.
The fact that Mookie is equally committed to the Dodgers should also tell you everything that you need to know about him. Mookie previously had said that he was unwilling to talk extensions during the season, but it appears as though Los Angeles changed his mind. He is here to stay, let’s go get some rings.