Friday, 18 January, 2019

Betts, Red Sox settle on $20M for 2019

Red Sox arbitration tracker Six players still unsigned after deadline The Red Sox have until 1 p.m. ET on Friday to come to contract terms with several players. Here's where they
Cary Erickson | 13 January, 2019, 20:58

The Red Sox rarely let it get to that point but we saw past year a case where they were forced to go to arbitration with a star player. He and the club could not come to an agreement on salaries the last two seasons.

Nine Boston players remained set to swap proposed arbitration salaries on Friday, including AL MVP Mookie Betts.

It was the second-highest figure ever given to a player in year one of arbitration, behind only Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs.

The Red Sox reached agreements with all 10 of their eligible players.

An All-Star in 2016, the 34-year-old right-hander started the 2018 season late following left knee surgery and a 15-game domestic violence suspension.

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The Red Sox and Betts couldn't agree on a contract the previous two offseasons, and in 2017, the Red Sox wound up renewing the right fielder's contract for just $950,000.

Sources told MLB.com and ESPN that deGrom and the Mets also avoided arbitration with a one-year, $17 million deal on Friday in his second year of eligibility.

That's a huge raise for Betts, who won his arbitration case against the Red Sox last season to secure a $10.5 million salary for 2018.

The Sox have already struck deals with relievers Heath Hembree and Tyler Thornburg to avoid arbitration. ($8.55 million), pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez ($4.3. million), infielder Brock Holt ($3.575 million), catcher Sandy Leon ($2.475 million), relief pitcher Matt Barnes ($1.6 million), relief pitcher Brandon Workman ($1.15 million), and outfielder/catcher Blake Swihart ($910,000).