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Dodgers sign outfielder Mookie Betts to 12-year contract

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GLENDALE, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 26: Mookie Betts #50 of the Los Angeles Dodgers follows through on a swing during a spring training game against the Los Angeles Angels at Camelback Ranch on February 26, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Dodgers announced that they have signed outfielder Mookie Betts to a 12-year contract through the 2032 season.

The team did not announce the financial terms, but ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports the contract is worth $365 million, and combined with the one-year, $27 million deal he’s currently under, the total is 13 years and $392 million.

The deal adds $365 million in new money, topping the previous extension record of $360 million signed by Mike Trout, and will run through the 2032 season. It also includes a record $65 million signing bonus.

Betts, 27, is entering his seventh season in the Major Leagues after spending the parts of the last six seasons with the Boston Red Sox. In 794 games with Boston, he hit a combined .301 (965-for-3203) with 139 homers and 470 RBI, while being named an All-Star four straight years (2016-19) and winning four Gold Glove Awards (2016-19), three Silver Slugger Awards (‘16, 18-19) and the 2018 Most Valuable Player Award. He led the Red Sox in WAR in each of his first five full seasons in the Major Leagues (6.0 in 2015, 9.5 in 2016, 6.4 in 2017, 10.9 in 2018, 6.9 in 2019).

In his MVP campaign, the Tennessee native hit .346 (180-for-520) with 32 homers and 80 RBI while leading the league in WAR (10.4), runs scored (129), batting average and slugging percentage (.640). After leading the Red Sox to the World Series Championship in 2018, he became the first player in American League history to win the World Series, MVP, Gold Glove and Silver Slugger in the same season and the second player in Major League Baseball history to complete the feat (Mike Schmidt in 1980).

Last season, he hit .295 (176-for-597) with 29 homers and 80 RBI in 150 games while finishing first in the American League amongst right fielders in defensive runs saved (20). He finished fifth in the AL in OBP (.391) and 11th in OPS (.915) while leading AL right fielders with 10 outfield assists.

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