Yankees: Dodgers-Mookie Betts Contract Talks Sink Red Sox in Glorious Turn of Events

Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox high fives Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox high fives Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images) /

Sorry Boston, it looks like Mookie Betts will be staying with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Every Boston Red Sox fan thought the team was playing chess. Trade Mookie Betts in his contract year, get value for him, and re-sign him after the 2020 season.

Nice try guys, but you’re not Brian Cashman (who famously did that with Aroldis Chapman and managed to get Gleyber Torres in that deal).

According to MLB insider Jeff Passan, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Betts are “deep into negotiations on a long-term contract.” Earlier in the day, WEEI’s Lou Merloni suggested the deal was in the 10-year range between $350-$400 million.

Don’t celebrate just yet, New York Yankees fans, but this is tremendous news for the Sox’s biggest rivals.

Ohhh mannnn Jared Carrabis’ DREAM SCENARIO has been crushed! Boo hoo. Just wait until JD Martinez opts out after this year and this team is left with Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers, Andrew Benintendi, no starting rotation aside from Chris Sale, no bullpen, and a bucket of sunflower seeds.

New York fans have to be feeling especially good about this turn of events considering just a few short months ago we were under the impression the 2020 season would be canceled, Betts would hit free agency, and the Dodgers would have traded away assets for absolutely nothing.

It would’ve been your classic Boston stepping ass backwards into a favorable situation the franchise didn’t deserve. It was too good to be true, but we’re getting closer to justice being served.

Let’s also not forget about the contract negotiations with the Red Sox and Betts last year. Time and time again, the private details of those discussions were leaked. Supposedly Boston offered 10 years and $300 million after the 2018 season, which was an MVP campaign for the star slugger. Betts reportedly countered with 12 years and $420 million, and it seems things ended right then and there.

Yup, just cut off talks with your generational homegrown star and then trade him. That’ll convince him to re-sign with you a year later.

Should have just countered again, Boston! Maybe they did, but we haven’t learned of that happening. Instead, they have Alex Verdugo, Jeter Downs and some salary relief. Congrats, guys. Now Betts figures to remain in the NL and stay far away from the Yankees, unless the Bombers meet LA in the World Series.

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