Wright, Red Sox agree to one-year contract

Mookie Betts Avoids Arbitration With Red Sox, Reportedly Agrees To $20 Million Salary

The Boston Red Sox avoided the major embarrassment of having to take Mookie Betts, the American League MVP, to arbitration.

Betts made $10.5 million last season.

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.

Betts is coming off a career year for the World Series champions.

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


We're a couple hours past the deadline at the time of this writing and deals have yet to be announced for some of the arbitration-eligible players.

Nevertheless, this just goes to show that if the Red Sox hope to keep Betts in Boston for the foreseeable future - as most fans are hoping - they are going to have to break open the bank vault and shower him in dollar signs.

Super 2 is a designation that allows a select group of players to become eligible for arbitration before reaching three years of service time. Bogaerts' salary projection sits at $11.9 million, while Holt could be in line for $3.4 million, according MLB Trade Rumors.

Brandon Workman, Steven Wright, and Sandy Leon are entering their second year of arbitration while Blake Swihart, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Matt Barnes are entering their first year.

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.

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