Mookie Betts has to be a very, very happy man at the moment. The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed the outfielder, who has yet to play an official game in Dodgers colors, to a ridiculous 12-year, $365 million extension that will place Betts there (in theory) until he is 39 years of age.
This is the largest extension deal in the history of baseball, surpassing Mike Trout’s previous record, it includes a $65 million signing bonus, also a record, and it is the second largest ‘total contract’ in MLB history as well. Only Mike Trout’s $426.5 million deal with the Angels surpasses it. Betts had came over from the Boston Red Sox on what was only a one-year deal, so this does give the club a bit of security moving forward. Though a 12-year deal is far from a slam dunk from previous examples we have seen, such as the one that saw Albert Pujols join the Angels.