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Mookie Betts doesn't expect to sign contract extension with Red Sox

Mookie Betts doesn't expect to sign contract extension with Red Sox

After Mike Trout signed a gargantuan contract extension with the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday -- the largest in North American sports, to be exact -- many wondered if Mookie Betts would follow suit and re-up with the Boston Red Sox.

Those people can wonder no longer.

Speaking openly about his contract situation Wednesday in Fort Myers, Betts insisted he's not interested in signing an extension before his contract expires and wants to become an unrestricted free agent following the 2020 season.

"That’s exactly what I expect. I don’t expect anything to happen till I’m a free agent," Betts said when asked if he expects to enter this season without a long-term contract, via The Boston Globe's Alex Speier.

Betts also confirmed he rejected the Red Sox's contract extension offer following the 2017 season, reportedly valued at eight years and $200 million.

With Trout inking a ridiculous $35.8-million-per-year contract on the heels of Bryce Harper and Manny Machado's megadeals, Betts probably can maximize his value by testing the free-agent market rather than signing an extension. Case in point: In a column published Wednesday, The Athletic's Jayson Stark revealed an American League executive told him Betts earning a $500 million contract is "a possibility."

Still, the reigning American League MVP wasn't interested in speculating how Trout's deal could affect his price tag.

"I don’t think it really impacts me that much," Betts said, via WEEI.com's Rob Bradford. "But it definitely is something positive that is going on in the game and hopefully there is more of it.

"We’re different players. Different players do different things. We do different things."

Betts added he won't ignore the Red Sox's negotiation efforts over the next year-plus, but it sounds like he doesn't want to get undersold, either.

"You can definitely (keep) your ears open and see what's said. But that doesn't mean you necessarily have to agree on or take whatever is given," Betts said, via The Globe's Pete Abraham.

"But I love it here. This is a great place to be, to spend your career here. That doesn't mean you sell yourself short."

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Another Yastrzemski in the majors as Yaz' grandson gets called up by Giants

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Another Yastrzemski in the majors as Yaz' grandson gets called up by Giants

Mike Yastrzemski, the grandson of the Hall of Famer and Red Sox legend, has been called up to the San Francisco Giants from Triple-A Sacramento, according to multiple reports.

The younger Yastrzemski, who turns 29 in August, was hitting .316 with 12 home runs with Sacramento. The left-handed outfielder was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 2013 after a standout college career at Vanderbilt. He played more than 700 games in the minors and was traded to the Giants before this season. San Francisco plays host to the Arizona Diamondbacks Saturday and Sunday before traveling to Miami to play the Marlins on Monday. 

Mike Yastrzemski's father, also Mike, played at Florida State and reached Triple-A with the White Sox from 1986-88. He died at 43 in 2004. 

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Pedroia's on-again, off-again rehab in Portland is off again, for now

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Pedroia's on-again, off-again rehab in Portland is off again, for now

After leaving the game following his second at-bat in the fourth inning Friday night, Dustin Pedroia was originally penciled back into the lineup Saturday for the Portland Sea Dogs, then was scratched about an hour later as his on-again, off-again injury rehab continues. Knee issues have essentially kept him out of major league games since 2017.

Pedroia continued his rehab assignment with Double-A Portland on Friday and appeared to suffer another setback.

The veteran second baseman "didn't feel right" when he left the game early, according to Red Sox manager Alex Cora, speaking to reporters in Houston.

Per Cora, Pedroia's latest setback isn't believed to be major. Even if that's the case, the 35-year-old can't seem to go more than a few games without having issues with his surgically-repaired left knee. That's an obvious cause for concern.

Pedroia was limited to three games last season and six this season with the major league Red Sox as he continues to recover from knee surgeries he's had the past two years.

Fellow Red Sox infielder Brock Holt is also on a rehab assignment with the Sea Dogs this weekend. He went 0-for-2 with a walk Friday night and played seven innings at shortstop in a 1-0 victory over Altoona. Originally placed on the injured list since on April 6 with a scratched cornea, Holt suffered a setback later in the month with a right shoulder impingement. Red Sox left-handed reliever Brian Johnson is scheduled to make a rehab start for Portland on Sunday.

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