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Dodgers sign Mookie Betts to 12-year, $365 million contract extension

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Update (7:35 PM, Bill Baer): The deal is official. It’s for 12 years and, per The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, worth $365 million. $115 million of that will be deferred and another $65 million will come in the form of a signing bonus, which won’t be taxed. The contract does not include any opt-outs nor a no-trade clause.

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1:33 PM: Jeff Passan of ESPN reports that the deal ” is expected to keep Mookie Betts in a Dodger uniform for 13 years at more than $380 million.” The exact details are, as of yet, unknown.

11:58 AM: A “massive” Mookie Betts-Dodgers contract extension is reportedly imminent.

The first to report advanced talks between the two sides was Lou Merloni of WEEI in Boston, who reported this morning that Betts and the Dodgers are on the verge of a contract for 10-plus years worth between $350-400 million. Then, a few minutes ago ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that Betts and the Dodgers “are deep into negotiations on a long-term contract.” Passan says that the deal is not yet done but that “Betts will be signing a massive deal with the Dodgers in the coming days.”

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Betts was traded by the Boston Red Sox to the Dodgers in February along with David Price in exchange for Alex Verdugo, Jeter Downs, and Connor Wong. While Verdugo has a bright future and Downs and Wong are not chopped liver the deal, from Boston’s perspective, was basically a salary dump, as they endeavored to get the club below the Competitive Balance Tax threshold for the 2020 season by shedding Price’s and Betts’ salaries. Once the season was delayed due to COVID-19 and then shortened to a mere 60 games, it was feared that the Dodgers would nonetheless get the short end of the deal, what with Betts’ being eligible for free agency following the season, thereby depriving Los Angeles of his services almost completely.

A new Mookie Betts-Dodgers contract, however, would end all of that worry. It would have the 27-year-old Betts in Los Angeles for a go-for-it-all run in 2020, yes, but it would keep him there into his late 30s.

Betts, 27, hit .295/.391/.524 with 29 home runs, 80 RBI, 135 runs scored, and 16 stolen bases across 706 plate appearances in Boston last season, making him worth 6.6 Wins Above Replacement according to FanGraphs. That was the ninth-best mark in baseball and fifth-best in the AL. Over the course of his six-year MLB career he has hit .301/.374/.519 and has averaged 28 homers and 96 RBI per 162 games. He won the 2018 AL MVP Award with an outstanding season in which he posted a 1.078 OPS, leading the league in batting average and slugging percentage, and a staggering fWAR of 10.4.

Betts is slated to make $27 million this year, his final year of arbitration. Whether that will be torn up or incorporated into the new deal will be revealed soon.

Will fans be allowed to attend MLB playoff games?

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After a condensed 60-game regular season, the MLB playoffs kicked off this week with an usual 16-team format that you can read more about below, but one of the many questions on everyone’s mind is whether or not fans will be allowed to attend MLB playoff games.

Will fans be allowed to go to MLB playoff games?

There have been no spectators at any games this season but fans will finally have the opportunity to go to the NL Championship Series and World Series at new Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas–one of the few states allowing spectators to attend events this year. The NLCS is scheduled on seven straight days from Oct. 12-18 and the World Series from Oct. 20-28, with traditional off days between Games 2 and 3 and Games 5 and 6, if the Series goes that far. Major League Baseball said Wednesday that about 11,500 tickets will be available for each game.

Below is the format and locations for each round. Unlike the regular season, there will be a bubble setup for each series in the postseason with the exception of the Wild Card round. Click here for the MLB schedule and scoreboard.

MLB Playoffs Format

Wild Card Series (Best-of-three): September 29 – October 2

All games will be held at the higher seed’s ball park.

American League

No. 1 Rays vs. No. 8 Blue Jays
No. 2 Athletics vs. No. 7 White Sox
No. 3 Twins vs. No. 6 Astros
No. 4 Cleveland vs. No. 5 Yankees

National League

No. 1 Dodgers vs. No. 8 Brewers
No. 2 Braves vs. No. 7 Reds
No. 3 Cubs vs. No. 6 Marlins
No. 4 Padres vs. No. 5 Cardinals

Division Series (Best-of-five): October 5 -10

The American League Division Series will be contested at Petco Park in San Diego and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The National League Division Series will be held at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas and Minute Maid Park in Houston.

League Championship Series (Best-of-seven): October 11-18

The American League Championship Series will be held at Petco Park in San Diego while the National League Championship Series will take place at Globe Life Field in Arlington.

World Series (Best-of-seven): October 20-28

The World Series will be held at Globe Life Field in Arlington. Home field advantage will go to the team with the best regular-season record.

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