After the All-Star Outfielder signed a 12-year extension with the Dodgers on Wednesday, Mookie Bates is likely to end his career in Los Angeles.
Bates spent the first six seasons of his Major League Baseball career with the Boston Red Sox, winning four Gold Gloves, three Silver Sluggers, an MVP and a World Series title in 2018. He was traded to LA in February and was expected to be tested on the free agent market – a four-time All-Star said he wanted to do so.
But things changed and Bates is set to begin his next chapter in a new uniform. And for Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy, he would have lied if he had not been disappointed.
“Obviously, we think the world of Mookie Bates,” Kennedy said via MassLive.com. “I don’t think it’s a secret to anyone. Incredible young man, incredible baseball player. So happy for him and his family. If I don’t say I’m not disappointed then there will be a sense of disappointment and maybe it’s off And it can be finalized. ”
Although fans expect Bates’ Boston tenure to last longer, Kennedy is optimistic about the future.
“We have a plan,” he said. “We are very confident in the direction of our baseball operation. It is clearly difficult that Mookie Bates signs a long-term deal elsewhere. We wish them well and now we move forward as a group. ”
Only time will tell what the plan is. But for now, the Sox are preparing for the inaugural day on Friday against the Baltimore Orioles.
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