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Where is Mookie Betts' market after Bryce Harper's reported mega-contract?

Where is Mookie Betts' market after Bryce Harper's reported mega-contract?

The final shoe of 2019 MLB free agency finally has dropped.

Bryce Harper reportedly agreed to a free-agent contract with the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, and it's a doozy: $330 million over 13 years with no opt-outs and a no-trade clause, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan.

To recap, here are the three massive contracts MLB players have signed or reportedly agreed to in the last week:

Manny Machado, San Diego Padres: 10 years, $300 million ($30 million per year)

Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies: 8 years, $260 million ($32.5 million per year)

Bryce Harper, Philadelphia Phillies: 13 years, $330 million ($25.4 million per year)

While Harper's reported deal has a (relatively) modest average annual value, it's the richest contract in MLB history based on total amount.

Boston Red Sox fans know where we're going with this: Mookie Betts is set to back up multiple Brinks trucks two years from now.

Betts will hit unrestricted free agency in 2021. And if a 26-year-old outfielder who hit .249 last season can fetch $330 million, how much is a 26-year-old outfielder who just won the American League MVP award worth?

Machado, Arenado and Harper boast better power numbers than Betts — each player topped 30 home runs and 100 RBIs in 2018 — but Betts isn't far behind in that department (87 home runs and 295 RBIs over the last three seasons).

He's also the most well-rounded player of the group, leading MLB in 2018 with a 10.9 WAR (Wins Above Replacement) while posting an MLB-best .346 batting average (97 points better than Harper's) and winning a third consecutive Gold Glove award in right field. Aside from Mike Trout, you could argue Betts is the best position player in baseball right now.

That's all to say Betts deserves to break Harper's record as baseball's highest-paid player. The three-time All-Star would be well within his right to start negotiations at $350 million for 10 years. If he seeks an even longer deal, Betts easily could become the first $400 million man in baseball.

Would Boston be the team offering Betts that record-breaking deal? The superstar outfielder seems committed to the Red Sox for now and is fresh off a World Series title. Sox ownership also seems committed to keeping its best player around. But the more Betts' price tag rises, the more uncertain his future could become.

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David Ortiz's wife, Tiffany, shares touching Father's Day tribute to Big Papi

David Ortiz's wife, Tiffany, shares touching Father's Day tribute to Big Papi

This Father's Day hit close to home for Tiffany Ortiz.

Sunday marked exactly one week since Tiffany's husband, former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz, was shot outside a bar in the Dominican Republic.

Ortiz sustained serious injuries but is in stable condition at Massachusetts General Hospital and expected to make a full recovery, which had Tiffany counting her blessings in a Father's Day Instagram tribute to "Big Papi."

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This Fathers Day brings with it a new appreciation for life and an awareness in what truly matters. This man, my husband, the father of our beautiful children has been the center of our universe for as long as we have been together (23years strong). It has been deeply felt that the outside world also acknowledges his presence as a father figure to all. Please celebrate this Papi’s Day with the ones you love. Be present in every moment, don’t get hung up on gifts, material things, titles, fame or fortune. Those things can be taken away in a moments notice and all we are left with is the memories of the moments we truly connected and grounded ourselves in true love ❤️ #PapisDay #Fathersday #surroundyourselveswithreallove #groundyourselfinnature #connectwithgod #allwehaveisthepresentmoment #familyovereverything #weallhaveapurposeinlife #iambeyondgrateful #pleasekeepPapiinyourprayers 🙏🏽💙

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Juliana Ramirez, the wife of Ortiz's former Red Sox teammate Manny Ramirez, was among thousands to comment on Tiffany's post with their well wishes.

David and Tiffany's two children, DeAngelo and Alexandria, also posted Instagram tributes to their father Sunday, as the family is sticking close together while Ortiz recovers.

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A late Happy Father’s Day to my day one. Nothing more to say other than thank you for the sacrifices you have made to give not only me but our entire family the whole world in our eyes. You have worked so tremendously hard while not fully enjoying the fruits of your labor. The thing you said today that made me pause was: “sorry, this isn’t the way we should celebrate Father’s Day.” Shortly after I replied “we still have Dominican Father’s Day” through invading tears as I can’t wait to show you the Game of Thrones inspired gift. Also, unrelated, I can now read Tarot cards only in terms of Game of Thrones. Feliz día de los padres tardío a mi papá. No queda mucho por decir mas que darte las gracias por los sacrificios que has hecho para darme no solo a mi sino a toda nuestra familia el mundo en nuestros ojos. Has construido una vida tremenda incluso sin poder disfrutar de tus frutos. Lo que dijiste hoy que me hizo pausar fue: “perdóname, así no es que celebramos el Día del Padre.” Poco después, te respondí “Aún tenemos el Día del Padre Dominicano,” a través de las lágrimas que me invadían. No puedo esperar a enseñarte tu regalo inspirado en Game of Thrones. En otra nota, puedo leer cartas del Tarot relacionadas a Game of Thrones.

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Alexandria included an emotional detail in her post, mentioning that Ortiz told her Sunday, "sorry, this isn’t the way we should celebrate Father’s Day."

But the Ortiz clan seems to be rallying around David, just as authorities attempt to administer justice in the expanding case: Nine suspects now have been indicted in connection to Ortiz's shooting, while a 10th has turned himself in.

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Report details separate attempt to harm David Ortiz months before shooting

Report details separate attempt to harm David Ortiz months before shooting

Police have indicated the attempt on David Ortiz's life last Sunday night was part of a (somewhat) coordinated plan.

It also may not have been the first attempt to murder or harm the former Boston Red Sox slugger.

The New York Daily News' Teri Thompson and Christian Red describe an incident involving Ortiz that took place in the Dominican Republic months before Sunday's shooting, citing three sources, including one "with knowledge of the Ortiz case."

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The sources claim Ortiz’s white Lexus was chased and cut off by a black Mercedes SUV before crashing in front of a firehouse. Firefighters came to his assistance, according to the sources, but an official report is not believed to have been made. The incident did not appear in the media.

It isn't clear who was involved in that attempt to run Ortiz off the road, and whether they had a connection to those involved in Ortiz's shooting last Sunday in the Dominican.

But the scope appears to be widening in the Ortiz case, as police now have indicted nine suspects involved in Sunday's shooting -- including the alleged gunman, Rolfi Ferreira-Cruz -- while a tenth suspect has turned himself in.

Reports suggest at least two of those suspects have ties to the United States; Ferreira-Cruz was indicted in New Jersey in 2017 in a robbery case, while Luis Rivas-Clase is suspected to be the same person wanted in a 2018 shooting in Reading, Pa.

Amid reports that last Sunday's attack on Ortiz may have been orchestrated from prison, a source told the Daily News: "That hit could have easily happened in the U.S."

Ortiz was still in Massachusetts General Hospital's intensive care unit as of late last week as he recovers from multiple surgeries to repair liver and kidney damage, according to his wife, Tiffany.

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