Mookie Betts got his money, which was always his right. Nobody has ever suggested otherwise. But knowing what we know now, can we all agree that there was zero chance that Betts was ever going to get it in Boston?
Translation: the pandemic and its effects would have major free agency ramifications for a player who has been intent on going to the market from seemingly the day he set foot in the big leagues. And while the likelihood is that Betts would choose a one-year contract and hit the market when all economies are healthier, could the offer like the one the Red Sox presented him last spring be back in play?
The inside numbers are in for safety Adrian Phillips, who the Patriots agreed to a contract with on Thursday.
The guaranteed $50 million in Tom Brady's new contract is relatively unprecedented, but what about the other $9 million? How does Brady maximize the deal?
In the interim, here’s a question that is worth asking: do the Patriots really want Brady back? Does Bill Belichick? Does the Kraft family? This past offseason, Brady wanted the right to become a free agent, asking the Krafts to forfeit the right to use the franchise tag on him. And they gave it to him.
Mazz: Why don't we have an answer yet on Chris Sale - and is he the linchpin of the Red Sox offseason?
So what’s going on here? Is Sale OK and are the Red Sox looking to trade him after foolishly signing him to a five-year, $145-million contract that has yet to even begin? Or is Sale injured and are the Red Sox busy trying to find ways to completely rebuild their starting rotation as a result?
But Edelman? Let’s not be ridiculous. The Patriots missed him for the first four games last year and it showed. With Danny Amendola gone, the Patriots had no suitable replacement behind him. Now there are lesser players making more, some of whom the Pats seemingly tried to recruit.