March 1, 2021

The $400 Million Question: Will the Dodgers re-sign Mookie Betts? (The Athletic)

LOS ANGELES — On his first official day as a Dodger, Mookie Betts spread his arms and allowed his new manager to slip a pristine jersey over his shoulders. Beside Betts was David Price, a fellow former Red Sox, basking in the early afternoon sun at Dodger Stadium. As Betts and Price buttoned up their shirts, manager Dave Roberts took a step back and admired the sight.

“They look good in Dodger blue, don’t they?” Roberts said.

There was a reason to crow. The Dodgers weathered a winter’s worth of criticism before last week. An offseason marked by inactivity agitated a fan base downtrodden after a first-round playoff exit and 31 seasons without a title. What, it was asked over and over this offseason, were the Dodgers doing?

Here, then, was the answer from president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman: The 2018 American League MVP and a five-time All-Star pitcher standing on a stage in shallow center field at Chavez Ravine, swaddled…

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