Dodgers: Red Sox Owner Trash Talks Los Angeles When Talking About Mookie’s Extension

The Red Sox owner is salty as ever.

Boston continues to allow Los Angeles to live rent-free in their heads. This time, the Red Sox owner took a jab at the Dodgers and city of Los Angels after extending Mookie Betts for 12 more years. 

Red Sox chairman and owner Tom Werner appeared on WEEI’s Ordway, Merloni and Fauria this past week to talk about Mookie’s deal. Werner didn’t hold back on his feelings when discussing the Dodgers and the city of Los Angeles. 

When people are partying in Los Angeles, I just want to remind Los Angeles … that in the last 20 years, Los Angeles has won zero World Series and the Red Sox have won four….I’ve got nothing to be complaining about regarding our past. We think we made the right decision at the time.

To be fair, he is right. The Boston Red Sox have indeed won four World Series titles since 2004 and the Dodgers have none. But the fact that his team just lost a series to the Baltimore Orioles should tell you everything you need to know about the state of their franchise. The Dodgers, meanwhile, are set up for the very long haul. 

Werner went on to bash the length of Mookie’s contract, despite having offered Betts a similar deal.

It’s always difficult to trade a talented player of Mookie’s caliber, but let’s revisit this conversation in 12 years. Hopefully you and I will both still be here. That’s a very, very long-term deal for a team to swallow. You guys know as well as I do that the history of long-term deals is checkered at best. We made what we thought was a generous offer but for us it’s time to turn the page.

It alright Tom, we’ve all been the ex-girlfriends or ex-boyfriends before, we understand. Sometimes when you don’t get what you want, you get jealous and lash out. But hey, at least you have your four World Series trophies to hug for the next 12 years, right?

The Dodgers will have Mookie playing in the wonderful city of Los Angeles for 13 years, and we couldn’t be happier. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.


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  1. Pretty much every opportunity the Red Sox had to pay Betts what he was worth, they lowballed him and that played a role in his jumping on the Dodgers offer, plus he allowed them to extend the payments out to infinity to make it possible for the Dodgers to not be hamstrung by a single heavy contract. Yeah, the Sox didn’t look so good against the O’s this weekend. They may wish they had those two games back in a month or so.

    • They offered him 300m for10 years. Hardly a low ball offer. Dodgers gave him two extra years which they will regret.

      • They knew from the outset that he was realistically looking for a contract in the $350 million range. Yes, his agent reportedly asked for $420 M but that was only to get the Red Sox to move off the $300M which they didn’t. So they lowballed it. In the same way they kept him just slightly above the league minimum until arbitration forced their hand. There is no way that Betts is not worth more long term than either Harper or Machado. If the Dodgers win a couple of titles between now and the end of the contract, they won’t regret anything. They have wasted much more money on far lesser players over the years.

  2. Actually it’s more ONE world series they have won with Betts and we all know what year that is. Since Betts did not play for one game until the start of the 2014 season. So the question that I would ask that Sox “trash” owner, is “Where was Betts in the previous 3 world series?!?”

  3. Of course, we;re still waiting for Mookie to get going….3 games, not much. And Beli slumbering along.. Cmon, let’s get this going…

  4. What does that have to do with anything though? I don’t get his point. Are we supposed to not try to win a World Series?

  5. Good luck with over paying Betts. Like I said in the spring he is a glorified Andrew McCutchen and with this start is looking like it is true. I know that he should not be batting leadoff. He doesn’t want to bat leadoff. You cannot put up stats batting leadoff. You get too many at bats to contend for batting titles. Cannot approach 100 rbi. He swings at everything short of Yogi Berra so there will be few walks.

  6. Famous last words for that owner. The Dodgers will win many championships this century starting in the 20’s and Boston will repeat history by going a long time without one after losing a great player. 2018 is 1918 again for them. All the fans of other teams will look silly for bragging about what their teams have done “this century” when we’re only 20 years in. When it’s all said and done the Dodgers will be the team of this century

    • Their pitching staff is in shambles already. They had their hands full with the Giants for crying out loud. They probably have enough to sneak into the expanded playoff picture but not a world series threat.

    • Boston is going nowhere with that pitching staff. However, Verdugo and Pillar are more than an adequate replacement for Betts. In this short season Betts is project to hit .271 8 hr and 29 rbi which is generous since he bats leadoff. He will score runs but whoever pays attention to that stat. No one.

    • Boo hoo crybaby leave we don’t want you in our fan base. People like you threaten to leave all the time when these things happen and you don’t but hopefully you go through with it. Alt right clowns are the biggest hypocrites in this country calling everyone else soft yet here you are letting everyone know your outrage as if anyone cares. By the way if you can’t figure out how to unsubscribe from something that you subscribed to then you shouldn’t be on the internet old man

  7. It’s Crazy but the Dodgers looked completely listless splitting the SF series they Actually looked equal to the Giants not better here’s a crazy thought what if the Dodgers collapse this mini season? with plenty of pitchers none great a bunch or rotation 3 and 4 guys no # 2 starter
    Big questions marks about Kershaw and if he’s still elite ? It’s early but s slow start in a 60 game season! Has the Dodgers under the gun and Dodger fans who’s patients is gone thanks to Houston, Boston and Finally Washington last year it’s hard to believe a organization that has not won a single ring 32 years !

  8. Tom Werner should consider that maybe Betts did not want to remain in Boston any longer……………could be that is why he did not even consider their offer but then jumped at the Dodger offer. Maybe he just wanted out.

    • Tough to admit that the Dodgers got sucked in again with a trade with Boston. Verdugo is fitting in just fine and those prospects will be there later. Meanwhile you got stuck with Price and another hefty price paying the next Andrew McCutchen for 12 years.

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