After the departure of Red Sox' legend David Ortiz in 2016 and becoming the main threat on Boston's offense, Mookie Betts is calm and just focused on the upcoming season. Althought the franchise would love to keep him in the long-term, Betts does not want engage contract talks yet.
Betts on interest in extension: ‘I’m just going to focus on 2018.’ Said he’s happy with outcome of arb process. ‘Seeing that side of it is pretty interesting....No hard feelings. I love these guys. Nothing changed.’— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) 15 de febrero de 2018
According to information provided by Alex Speier of the Boston Globe, the player wants to begin to negotiate a new contract with the Red Sox until the end of the upcoming season. He has 3 years left in his current deal, with a salary of $10.5 million per season.
Betts on whether inability to agree to salaries with Sox implicates Long-term relationship with Sox: ‘Not at all... I love it here. I love these guys.’ Not interested in discussing Long-term deal for now - still prefers year to year focus.— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) 15 de febrero de 2018
Speier also states that Betts is comfortable with the salary he got on arbitration and the negotitation with the team got stuck at first instance, he explains that his relationship with the team wasn't affected at all.
If Mookie goes on with his current deal, he will become a free agent at the age of 28, the ideal age to negotiate a max contract with any team. Last season, the outfielder had an AVG of .264 with 24 HR's, 102 RBI's and 26 stolen bases and was named an All-Star.