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Mookie Betts doesn't 'regret turning down' $300 million Red Sox offer

Mookie Betts doesn't 'regret turning down' $300 million Red Sox offer

Mookie Betts has never doubted his value, which is why he doesn't regret turning down a $300 million extension from the Red Sox.

Speaking to reporters in a Zoom call on Monday, Betts made it clear that even if his market doesn't end up being what he anticipated pre-pandemic, he's comfortable with saying no to the Red Sox.

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"I don't regret turning down that," Betts said. "Once I make a decision, I make a decision. I'm not going back and questioning myself. I don't worry about that. The market will be what the market is. We'll cross that bridge when we get there."

Who knows where that bridge will lead? Of more pressing concern for Betts is staying healthy in these uncertain times. While teammate David Price has already opted out of the season, that's not really an option for Betts, who will lose his service time if he chooses not to play, and thus not be able to enter free agency this fall.

"Free agency is really on the back burner," Betts said. "That'll come. That's nothing that I'm really thinking about right now. Right now, the main concern is (safety). There's a lot going on, we haven't gotten tests back and we don't know who's sick and not sick. There's just a lot going on that needs to be addressed and free agency is not one of those things right now. That will come when it comes."

Added Betts: "I'm not in the same predicament as someone who can opt out. I'm kind of in a different spot. My decision is obviously going to be different. That's the situation I'm in."

WEEI's Lou Merloni reported that Betts' countered the Red Sox $300 million offer with a 12-year, $420 million proposal. It's hard to imagine that money is going to be there this fall, even for a player as talented as Betts, a former MVP with the Red Sox who's now hoping to lead the Dodgers to a World Series.

"We have to get to the season first," he said. "We've got camps being shut down, people going three or four days without tests. You just don't know what's going on. I know it's hard. I'm not blaming, or saying this, that or the other, I know it's hard. But somebody's got to do it. And we've got to just figure out the right way to do it."

Red Sox' Alex Verdugo robs home run, celebrates with awesome reaction

Red Sox' Alex Verdugo robs home run, celebrates with awesome reaction

Alex Verdugo made best play of his young Boston Red Sox career Friday night, and he was well aware of it.

With the Red Sox leading the Blue Jays by two runs in the ninth inning, Verdugo leaped in front of the right field bullpen at Fenway Park to rob Toronto's Travis Shaw of a home run.

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The play was impressive in its own right, but the 24-year-old outfielder punctuated it with a great reaction.

Verdugo's scream of celebration was audible on the game broadcast (even above the fake crowd noise), a sign of just how fired up he was about the catch.

"I would say I’ve never screamed like that before,” Verdugo said after Boston's 5-3 win, via the Associated Press. “I used to be a pitcher back in the day. I was pretty hyped up."

Verdugo had two other reasons to be hyped up: He also blasted a pair of solo home runs, giving him three on the young season and earning a spot alongside legendary left-handed slugger Mo Vaughn.

The Red Sox aren't expected to make much noise this season, but it appears the former Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder will do his best to raise the decibel level.

Red Sox vs. Blue Jays Highlights: Alex Verdugo homers twice in Boston's second straight win

Red Sox vs. Blue Jays Highlights: Alex Verdugo homers twice in Boston's second straight win

FINAL SCORE: Boston Red Sox 5, Toronto Blue Jays 3

IN BRIEF: Alex Verdugo homered twice and Mitch Moreland added one of his own in the Red Sox' win over the Blue Jays on Friday night. The Red Sox capitalized on a woeful outing from Blue Jays starter Tanner Roark, who walked five batters and allowed four runs in three innings pitched.

Sox starter Ryan Weber allowed two runs in three innings, then the bullpen put together an admirable effort to preserve the lead.

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BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 5-8

HIGHLIGHTS

Well, that escalated quickly

Verdugo's first Fenway homer

Moreland's two-run shot

Vlad Jr. brings Jays within one

Homer No. 2 for Verdugo...

...and then he robs one!

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