March 20, 2019

Red Sox, Mookie Betts Avoid Arbitration

13 January 2019, 08:59 | Anna Jefferson

The Red Sox have until 1 p.m. ET on Friday to come to contract terms with several players. Here's where they

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American League MVP Mookie Betts, who went to a salary arbitration hearing and beat the Boston Red Sox past year, settled for $20 million this time around, a league source familiar with the agreement told ESPN on Friday.

Fresh off a historic 2018 campaign in which he slashed an otherworldly.346/.438/.640 en route to a World Series title, Betts earned himself a $9.5MM raise from his previous salary.

Super 2 is a designation that allows a select group of players to become eligible for arbitration before reaching three years of service time. He sits atop the list of pending free agents the Red Sox will try to extend and lock up for a long-term contract before he enters free agency after the 2020 season.

The Red Sox rarely let it get to that point but we saw previous year a case where they were forced to go to arbitration with a star player. A panel would then determine how much money that player would make for the 2019 season, choosing between the team's offer and the player's salary request. Before the 2017 season, Betts' contract was renewed. The Gold Glover and Silver Slugger was rewarded in arbitration on Friday. His record-setting deal will establish the new standard for players with four-plus years of Major League Baseball service time. has projected Betts will receive $18.7 million in his second year of arbitration.

The website also predicts Jackie Bradley Jr., who is in his second arbitration-eligible year, will receive $7.9 million.

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