FORT MYERS, Fla. – Do not think MVP AL Mookie Betts will accept a long-term contract with the Boston Red Sox before becoming a free agent at the end of 2020.
Despite the agreement of $ 432 million over 12 years signed by Mike Trout with the Los Angeles Angels, the $ 260 million contract with Nolan Arenado over eight years with the Colorado Rockies and the $ 100 million contract with Alex Bregman on Astros, Betts is content to stay on track to test the market.
"That's exactly what I'm waiting for," Betts said Wednesday, the day after the Trout Accord broadcast. "I did not expect anything to happen before being a free agent, so it's just one of those things where you just have to go out and play."
"I can not worry about the economics of the game right now, they have to take care of what they have to deal with, and I'm going to take care of what I have to do." But the most important thing is to win a world series, and I think it's certainly what we both want. "
Whether it's future free agents, GM rivals or the MLB's marketing department, the best sports player who remains an angel for life will affect every aspect of the baseball world .
What if L.A. donated $ 600 million to his player? 700 million dollars? Heck, with what the angels will get over the next 12 years – and beyond – they could have given him 10 figures.
Bryce Harper, who signed a $ 330 million deal with the Phillies, was "very excited" to see Mike Trout get what should be a record $ 430 million with the Angels.
Manny Machado has joined the San Diego Padres as a free agent on a $ 300 million 10-year deal, and Bryce Harper has signed with the Philadelphia Phillies for $ 330 million over 13 seasons.
Betts, 26, one of the best baseball players since his debut in the big leagues in 2014, has signed a $ 20 million contract for a year and is eligible for refereeing again. Next winter.
"I'm not under pressure to do anything," said Betts. "It's not a problem for both sides to not agree – it's fine, it's normal, I have two more years to pull it out." the best part I have to worry for the first year here.I do my best to help the team win, and also next year.It's just one of those things. where it's okay not to agree. "
Betts said he loved Boston and that he was playing for the Red Sox. But he also has other things in mind.
"I've definitely learned to love going north in the cold and that sort of thing," Betts said. "But that does not mean that I want to sell at a lower price than my value." Everyone values different things – what do you like, where are you going to be in five years. "
"I will certainly not be paying much attention to that in the future, I'm worried about what's going on now and I'm just being treated fairly, I think it's just a little bit The most important thing in my mind is just to be treated fairly. "