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.