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Odds Say Mookie Betts Gets More Money in Next Contract Than Bryce Harper Did

Robert Duff

by Robert Duff in MLB Baseball

Mar 10, 2019 · 8:56 AM PDT

Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts at the plate
Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts is in position to land one of the largest contracts in baseball. Just how much is still to be determined. Photo by Arturo Pardavila III (flickr).
  • Sportsbooks favor Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts signing a contract worth more than the $330 million deal the Phillies gave Bryce Harper
  • Betts recently avoided arbitration by signing a one-year, $20-million contract
  • Betts is the reigning AL MVP and batting champion

Are you willing to bet that when the Boston Red Sox show Mookie Betts the money, they will go bigger than the Philadelphia Phillies did with Bryce Harper?

Online betting sites are offering you the chance at making that wager. Oddsmakers have set the odds that when Boston Red Sox outfielder Betts signs his next pact, he will surpass the $330 million contract the Phillies recently gave to outfielder Bryce Harper.

That deal made former NL MVP Harper the highest-paid player in baseball history.

Odds on Money in Mookie Betts’ Next Contract

Amount Odds on How Much Mike Trout’s Next MLB Contract Will Be Worth
$351-$400 million +180
$401-$450 million +180
$500 million or more +400
$300-$350 million +600
$451-$99 million +700
Under $300 million +700

All odds taken March 9.

His recent one-year, $20 million contract enabled Betts to set a record for a player in his second season of arbitration eligibility.

Betts Is Multi-Faceted

Is there anything Betts can’t do? He won the AL MVP last season. He led the league with a .346 batting average, the first Red Sox player to do so since Bill Mueller in 2003. Betts hit for the cycle last Aug 9.

He’s been an all-star and a Gold Glove winner each of the past three seasons. He won Silver Slugger awards in two of the last three years and was MLB defensive player of the year in 2016.

We should mention that Betts also does in-game play by play.

Oh, and he’s also a member of the Professional Bowlers Association.

He’s rolled three 300 games, one of them in competition. He appropriately did it at the 2017 World Series of Bowling.

Any Betts On How Much Moolah For Mookie?

Even though they avoided a messy arbitration hearing this winter, Betts still seems cool on the idea of making a long-term commitment to the Red Sox.

He’ll be eligible for free agency at the end of the 2020 season, the same time that two-time AL MVP and Los Angeles Angels OF Mike Trout also becomes a free agent.

Odds on Length of Betts’ Next Contract

Length Odds on How Long Mookie Bett’s Next Contract Will Be
10 years +125
Less than 10 years +200
15 years of more +400
11 years +800
12 years +800
13 years +900
14 years +900

Betts seems keen on testing the market, and who can blame him when you see the money that Harper and Manny Machado ($300 million) got this winter.

He’s definitely a better player than Machado and you can make a strong case that Betts is an upgrade over Harper as well.

Betts and Trout figure to get paid and then some in 2021. We think both will become baseball’s first $40 million per season players.

For Betts, we like 10 years and $400 million to be the stipend he receives in free agency.

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