Lou Merloni: Mookie Betts, Dodgers close to long-term deal


It looks like Mookie Betts will remain in L.A. for a long time.

According to WEEI's Lou Merloni, Betts and the Dodgers are close to a massive contract extension. The deal is said to be for 10-plus years and worth between $350-400 million. Back in January, Merloni reported the Red Sox offered Betts a 10-year, $300 million deal in the 2019 offseason and he countered with 12 years and $420 million.

Betts, who was traded to the Dodgers this offseason, was scheduled to be a free agent after the season.

“The market will be what the market will be. Cross that bridge when we get there," he told reporters earlier this month.

The 27-year-old is a four-time All-Star and won the AL MVP in 2018.

Sorry @Jared_Carrabis your dream scenario may come to an end within the next couple days, I’m told. Mookie will remain in LA for a very very long time. 10+ yrs for BIG $$. Between 350-400. @WEEI @OMFonWEEI

— Lou Merloni (@LouMerloni) July 22, 2020

I’m happy for Mookie. He’s a great kid who cares for those around him. He’s an exceptional talent and worth every penny. It’s too bad he couldn’t finish his career here in Boston.

— Lou Merloni (@LouMerloni) July 22, 2020