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Report: Betts, Sox talked long-term deal but he opted to go year to year

Report: Betts, Sox talked long-term deal but he opted to go year to year

The Red Sox approached Mookie Betts about a long-term contract this past offseason but the right fielder told the team then he's comfortable going year to year, Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com reported.

Betts, 24, the American League MVP runner-up to the Angels' Mike Trout last season, when he hit .318 with 31 homers an .897 OPS and league-leading 359 total bases, will make $950,0000 in 2017. That's the second-largest salary for a non-arbitration-eligible player (Trout made $1 million in 2014). 

Betts and agent Steve Veltman wanted more, but Betts said at spring training there are no hard feelings. He's eligible for arbitration next year and can become a free agent in 2020.  

Heyman points out that Betts' reluctance for a long-term deal follows a trend of other young stars (the Cubs' Kris Bryant and Indians' Francisco Lindor among them), who are holding off committing to multi-year deals. Betts' Red Sox teammate, shortstop Xander Bogaerts, 24, a client of super-agent Scott Boras, is in that same category. 

Betts, coming off a Wednesday night performance in Philadelphia in which he hit two homers, a double and a single, leads the Sox in homers (11) and steals (11) and is hitting .280 with an .860 OPS. Bogaerts leads the Sox in hitting at .325 and has an .834 OPS.

 
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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Yawkey Way or another way?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Yawkey Way or another way?

0:45 - Red Sox owner John Henry told the Boston Herald that Tom Yawkey's racist legacy continues to ‘haunt him.’ The BST crew discusses whether it’s time to rename Yawkey Way.

6:45 - Tom Giles and Evan Drellich continue the conversation about Yawkey Way. Drellich recaps his conversation with Red Sox President Sam Kennedy.

9:25 - Jay Cutler went 3-6 for 24 yards in Thursday’s game against the Ravens. Phil Perry, Tom Curran and Kayce Smith discuss whether the Dolphins could challenge the Patriots in the AFC East this season.

13:20 - The Oilers signed forward Leon Draisaitl to an eight-year, $8.5 million contract. Joe Haggerty joins BST to analyze how that signing could impact how the Bruins view David Pastrnak.