Mookie Betts on recent megadeals: ‘They deserve it’

The Red Sox star is a free agent after the 2020 season.

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Bryce Harper has a .930 OPS in 50 career games at Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park, his new home. –AP Photo

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The news that Bryce Harper agreed to a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies did not make much of an impact on Mookie Betts.

“He deserves it. That and more,’’ Betts said Thursday. “Great player, so good for him.’’

It was the latest in a series of megadeals. Manny Machado signed with the San Diego Padres for 10 years and $300 million in late February and on Tuesday third baseman Nolan Arenado agreed to an eight-year, $260 million extension with the Colorado Rockies.

Betts, who has two seasons before free agency, would seem to have a road map to his future. But he disagreed.


“Not really,’’ he said. “We’re all different players. We all have different things that are important. Like I said, good for those guys. They deserve it. I’ll just continue to worry about what’s going on now.’’

Harper has played 283 more games in the majors than Betts, but their statistics are comparable and Betts is only nine days older.

Red Sox ownership said at the start of spring training that retaining Betts was a priority. It’s since become clear just how significant that investment would have to be.

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