Boston star right fielder Mookie Betts gambled on himself, and the current indicators are that he is going to financially benefit greatly from that decision.
Betts rejected an eight-year, $200 million extension proposal following the 2017 season, according to a source. A second source said the Red Sox have made several attempts at a long-term deal with Betts, but that the All-Star has been comfortable with the risks of going a year at a time in exchange for the reward that could come with patience.
And that reward seems to be coming into focus. Since turning down the eight-year offer, Betts has won the MVP and was central to a championship last year and just witnessed an offseason in which Manny Machado received $300 million, Bryce Harper $330 million and now Mike Trout $430 million.
So Betts very well may be looking at doubling that $200 million offer when he comes to free agency after the 2020 season. He was supposed to be the co-star in that market with Trout. But now with Trout on the brink of signing the largest contract in team sports history, Betts will either greatly outdo $200 million from the Red Sox to keep him from ever hitting free agency or have the top of the 2020-21 offseason market to himself.