J.D. Martinez is very happy to see one of his former Boston Red Sox teammates sign one of the richest contract extensions in MLB history.
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts, who was acquired from the Red Sox in February as part of a five-player blockbuster trade, signed a 12-year extension with L.A. on Wednesday. The deal reportedly is worth $365 million and includes a record $65 million signing bonus.
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MLB Twitter, as you might expect, went crazy when news of Betts' extension surfaced. One of the most notable reactions came from Martinez, who posted the following tweet after the Dodgers made Betts' new contract official.
Congrats to my man @mookiebetts one of the hardest workers I ever played with! Well deserved brotha don’t ever change 🙌🏻— J.D. Martinez (@JDMartinez28) July 22, 2020
Martinez joined the Red Sox in free agency before the 2018 season and spent two years as Betts' teammate. They were major components of a stellar Red Sox lineup that helped power the franchise to a historic 108-win season and World Series title in 2018. Betts won the American League MVP award that same year, while Martinez finished fourth in the voting.
Both players will again be crucial parts of their respective teams' lineups, and if healthy, they should each rank in the top 10 of several batting statistics during the shortened 2020 season.