Boston Red Sox

Jul 15, 2020; Los Angeles, California, United States; Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts (50) bats during an intrasquad game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

By Alex Barth,

It just keeps getting worse for Red Sox fans.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan is reporting that Mookie Betts and the Los Angeles Dodgers are “deep into negotiations on a long-term contract.” Passan adds that the “massive” deal should be done “in the coming days.”

Betts was traded by the Red Sox back in February. He and the Red Sox had danced around a long-term deal for the previous few years, but the 27-year-old superstar seemed determined to hit the open market. The trade also allowed the Red Sox to slip under the MLB Luxury Tax and avoid a draft pick penalty.

Traded along with David Price, Betts netted the Red Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo, and prospects Connor Wong and Jeter Downs.

Betts’ Red Sox career spanned five-and-a-half seasons, and saw him win a World Series, AL MVP, four Gold Gloves, three Silver Sluggers, and a batting title. In 794 games, he hit .301 with 139 home runs and 470 RBIs.

UPDATE:  Jon Heyman reports that the extension is being finalized. The numbers: 12 years, $350 million.

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