Betts, who doesn’t turn 29 until October, remains one of the sport’s top players. The former MVP excelled during last year’s pandemic-shortened season and ended the year with his second World Series ring.
Betts has parlayed his success on the baseball field into a massive bank account. Through the end of the 2020 season, how much money has Betts made in the majors?
Mookie Betts had a tremendous first season with the Dodgers
The Boston Red Sox chose to trade Mookie Betts after the 2019 season, and the Los Angeles Dodgers happily acquired the star outfielder.
Betts, the AL MVP in 2018, hit .292 with 16 home runs, 39 RBIs, and 10 stolen bases in 55 games for the Dodgers last season. The four-time All-Star finished second in the NL MVP voting and dominated despite the MLB season’s late start.
Betts, who primarily played right field, also won his fifth straight Gold Glove and fourth consecutive Silver Slugger award. The Dodgers went an MLB-best 43-17 in the pandemic-shortened season.
Betts hit .269 with two home runs in the Dodgers’ World Series victory over Blake Snell and the Tampa Bay Rays.
Betts signed a massive deal with the Dodgers last summer
The Los Angeles Dodgers made Mookie Betts a very happy man before he even played his first game for the eventual World Series champions.
Shortly before the regular season began in July, the Dodgers signed Betts to a 12-year contract worth $365 million. The contract also included a $65 million signing bonus.
Betts played the 2020 season on a $10 million salary — if not for the pandemic, he’d have earned $27 million — because of salary arbitration. His massive contract officially begins with the 2021 season.
How much money has Mookie Betts made in the majors?
Everything considered, Mookie Betts cashed in well before signing his massive contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
According to Baseball-Reference, Betts made $32 million in his five full seasons with the Red Sox. That included a $20 million salary in 2019, his final campaign in Boston.
Betts made another $10 million last year, giving him roughly $32.5 million in career earnings at the major league level. He would have made $27 million in 2020 if not for how the pandemic affected salaries.
Betts is scheduled to make $22.9 million in each of the next two years before his salary drops to $25.4 million in 2023. After that, Betts has $30.4 million coming each year from 2024-27.
Good times appear to be headed Mookie Betts’ way. He has a massive contract that should set him up for life, and the Dodgers have a chance to become baseball’s next dynasty.
All stats and contract figures courtesy of Baseball-Reference.