Mookie Betts could be the last piece the Dodgers need to finally get their first World Series title since 1988. The Dodgers only hope that they get more than one shot with the superstar outfielder.
After 106 wins in the regular season and a seventh consecutive title in NL West, the Dodgers are again a favorite after the acquisition of Betts from the Red Sox. Although the former ALMVP will be a free agent after the 2020 season, which triggers the 27-year-old's trading, the multi-year contender is optimistic that Betts will stay in Los Angeles for several seasons. Betts will earn $ 27 million this year.
"We obviously know that his team control expired after 2020," said Dodgers President Andrew Friedman at the Betts introductory press conference. "We hope that he falls in love with the team, the city, the fans and wants to stay here for a long time."
Betts would not commit to his plans beyond this season, saying that he "just got here", "focused on 2020", and hasn't even found an apartment.
Manager Dave Roberts confirmed that Betts will land at its usual launch site. In addition to Cody Bellinger, Betts and the reigning NL MVP will be the first outfield duo since 1963 (Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris) to have won MVPs in the past two seasons.
"It will be very special," said Betts. "He will definitely do a show and I will do my best to keep up with him."
While Boston mourns the incomprehensible sequence of events that prompted the large market team to swap all-time talent in its prime, David Price – along with Betts and half of the $ 96 million remaining on his current contract – traded to the Dodgers I'm not surprised.
"I understand that people are surprised, but I've been doing it for a long time," said Price, the 34-year-old who is joining his fifth franchise.
“I've seen many different movements, and when I sit in the owner's or director's seat, I can wrap my head around it and understand what's going on, what they're trying to do. That is sustainability and all that. I know it is difficult for the Red Sox nation to see Mookie go. What he could do for her on and off the field is difficult. "