What a Mookie Betts Extension with Dodgers Would Mean for Padres
With rumors swirling Wednesday morning about a possible contract extension between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Mookie Betts we talk about what that would mean for the San Diego Padres.
Going back to when the San Diego Padres were rumored to be involved in trade discussions for Mookie Betts, that was probably the hight of excitement for Padres fans in the offseason.
The chance to bring in one of the best players in baseball with the possibility of signing him long-term would have been huge for this franchise and fanbase.
But ultimately the Dodgers had the ability to put together a better package and landed him from the Red Sox.
That was a gut punch, but you just hoped it would be a one-year rental and he’d go back to Boston or somewhere outside of the NL West.
However, now that rumors are picking up about Mooke possibly getting a contract extension with the Dodgers, this is even more of a blow to the Padres.
The rumored deal will likely be for 10 years, meaning the Padres will have to face Betts for several years to come and think about what could have been.
Now, as Passan points out, there is still a lot that has to be figured out about this deal. These are unprecedented times and while we all assume things will get back to normal by next year, we really have no idea.
Giving someone a 10-year deal for — let’s say — $300 million at this time might not be the best business decision.
I can understand why Mookie might jump at that deal because most teams are probably not going to be big spenders this offseason with very little revenue coming in during the 2020 season.
Only high payroll teams like the Dodgers, Yankees, Red Sox, and maybe a handful of others would be willing to give Mookie the big contact he’ll want after such a rough year financially for teams.
So as a Padres fan, yea, this hurts. Especially knowing you were so close to acquiring him.
And if that happens I don’t think the Padres are able to extend him, but at least he doesn’t have the chance to be extended by the Dodgers.
At the same time, Betts is 27 and won’t be nearly as great for most of that 10-year span. But the Dodgers are in a position to win now so it makes sense for them.
Let us know in the comments below what you think about the Dodgers possibly extending Betts for 10 years and how that affects the Padres.