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.
Red sox talked to mookie about an extension, but like many other young stars he's good going year to year for now https://t.co/SrzY8fD0d3— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) June 15, 2017
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.