Betts agrees to 1-year, $20 million deal with Sox

Mookie Betts Xander Bogaerts headline Red Sox arbitration-eligible players

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. He had 32 homers, 129 runs and 80 RBIs as he ignited the offense and played Gold Glove defense in the Red Sox's championship season, his fifth in the majors.

The Boston Red Sox and reigning American League MVP Mookie Betts settled on a $20-million salary for 2019 on Friday, avoiding arbitration, a source told ESPN's Jeff Passan. He made four starts and six relief appearances, went back on the disabled list in late June because of the knee, then returned in September.

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 Boston Globe reported that the Red Sox agreed to deals with all of their arbitration-eligible players Friday.

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. They can either pay Betts even more money to avoid arbitration for the 2020 season, or they can sign him to a long term contract and prevent him from testing the free agent waters after 2020. For now, let's take a look at each of the deals we know about, how they compare to the projections forecast by MLB Trade Rumors, and what this means for their role with the team heading into next season.

While Kris Bryant holds the record for salaries among first-year arbitration eligible players, Betts could be setting the standard in his second year of eligibility.

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