FORT MYERS, Fla. — While Mookie Betts expressed happiness for Manny Machado after the free agent infielder reportedly agreed to a 10-year, $300 million deal with the San Diego Padres, he doesn’t see that as something that would help his cause in negotiating a long-term deal with the Red Sox.
“Good for him,” said Betts. “He signed a contract for the Padres. I don’t know the terms — 300 for 10?
“I think we’re different players and it’ll be a different time. I just have to worry about my own free agency.
“There’s still a lot more guys out there, so it’s hard to say there’s a drastic change when one of the best closers in the game [Craig Kimbrel] is out there. It’s hard to say it’s good, but it’s a step in the right direction.”
Red Sox ownership said it has tried to work on long-term deals for Betts, who can be a free agent after the 2020 season, and Chris Sale and Xander Bogaerts, who are coming up on free agency after this season.
Betts, who will earn $20 million this year after his MVP season of 2018, has been content to go year to year.