Betts, with another great grab, shows what Dodgers wanted | Sports

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The Dodgers, who trailed three games to one in this neutral site postseason, still have a chance to win their first World Series title since Kirk Gibson limped up to the plate and sparked the 1988 team with that improbable Game 1 walkoff homer off Oakland’s Dennis Eckersley in 1988.

Los Angeles wanted Betts so much it agreed to pay Boston $48 million over three years as part of the deal, which also brought the Dodgers left-hander David Price, who decided to opt out of playing this season because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Betts would have been eligible for free agency this offseason, but the Dodgers were as aggressive at the negotiating table as he is at the plate and in the outfield.

Already signed to a $27 million, one-year deal, Betts agreed in July to a $365 million, 12-year contract that includes a $65 million signing bonus guaranteed against work stoppages and shortened seasons such as this one. The tradeoff in the deal was $115 million in deferred payments not fully due until he approaches his 52nd birthday in 2044, deferrals that would be eliminated if he is traded.

He hit .292 with 16 homers and 39 RBIs in the shortened season, tied with AJ Pollock for the team high in homers and second in RBIs behind Seager’s 41. His two-out, two-run double powered the Dodgers to a 3-0 win over Milwaukee that completed a first-round sweep. A day after his 28th birthday, scored three times and had a sacrifice fly in the 12-3 rout of San Diego that finished a Division Series sweep.

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