LA Roundup: Mookie Betts Signs Record Deal with Dodgers, Zack McKinstry on the Verge of Making Impact on Big League Team, and More!



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Well, we certainly didn’t see that coming. With absolutely no warning and only a few hours allowed for speculation, the Dodgers pulled off one of the biggest moves in franchise history. The team made official what fans had been hoping for since February: Mookie Betts will retire a Dodger. The 12 year/$365 million extension ensures that Betts will play out the rest of his Hall of Fame career in LA and allows him to play stress-free this season. This signing has plenty of ramifications for the Dodgers, including a steady presence at the top of the lineup and a leader in the clubhouse. Betts is someone that players love to be around, and the future looks incredibly bright with him locked up for the next decade.

One of those players that will be a part of the Dodgers bright future is top prospect, Zack McKinstry. His name was barely on anyone’s radar prior to this season, but McKinstry took advantage of an invitation to Spring Training to show that he deserves a shot at the big leagues sooner rather than later. If it weren’t for the insane amount of depth that LA has, he would probably have already cracked the roster. Expect to see him at some point throughout the season, as manager Dave Roberts said he is only an injury away from being called up. Not bad for a 33rd round pick.

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