Los Angeles Dodgers: Can Mookie Betts be the greatest Dodger ever?

Jason Reed
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JULY 23: Mookie Betts #50 of the Los Angeles Dodgers bats during the third inning against the San Francisco Giants in the Opening Day game at Dodger Stadium on July 23, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. The 2020 season had been postponed since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JULY 23: Mookie Betts #50 of the Los Angeles Dodgers bats during the third inning against the San Francisco Giants in the Opening Day game at Dodger Stadium on July 23, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. The 2020 season had been postponed since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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Mookie Betts is going to be a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers for a long, long time.

It was announced on Wednesday that Mookie Betts signed on the dotted line to be a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers for life. Just five months after being traded to LA without ever playing a game for the Dodgers, Betts agreed to a 12-year, $365 million extension with the Dodgers.

The Dodgers did a great job of working out a long-term extension that not only keeps Betts in town but keeps his contract from restricting the team over the long-term. $115 million of the $365 million is deferred money, which means the Dodgers will be paying Betts until the year 2044.

Betts will be 52 years old the last time he gets a check from the Los Angeles Dodgers. You can view the entire breakdown of his contract here.

By that time, Betts will probably be a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame while donning a Dodger hat on his bronze plaque.Even with great days in Boston, Mookie will go down as a Dodger (barring a trade, of course).

With Mookie being the sensational talent that he is there was one question that instantly came to mind: can he be the greatest player in Los Angeles Dodgers history?

We crunched some numbers with some fair estimations on Betts’ Baseball-Reference Wins Above Replacement for the next 13 years and pitted him up against the top-five players in Los Angeles Dodgers history. Is he the best ever? Let’s dive into the top-five.

*Note: Cody Bellinger is not included on this list, as his long-term future with the team is not a guarantee.

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