Betts, Red Sox settle on $20M for 2019

MLB Rumors How Red Sox tried to lower Mookie Betts' salary in arbitration

ESPN's Jeff Passan provided an interesting inside look into Mookie Betts contract negotiations with the Red Sox

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

Dave Dombrowski the President of Baseball Operations of the Boston Red Sox stands at home plate before a game against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park on September 18, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Not everyone waited until the last minute. Heath Hembree and Steven Wright followed more recently with similar deals.

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Furthermore, this development could be notable for the Red Sox in that the team failed to reach an agreement with their superstar outfielder last winter, leading to an arbitration hearing to determine his salary.

Had the Red Sox and Betts been unable to come to an agreement before Friday's 1 p.m. deadline, the sides would have gone to arbitration again because the Red Sox don't negotiate after filing arbitration figures. Betts is eligible for free agency at the end of the 2020 season, but the Red Sox are surely going to attempt to work out an extension with him as they'd love to keep their homegrown star. We've covered several other players elsewhere. Bogaerts' salary projection sits at $11.9 million, while Holt could be in line for $3.4 million, according MLB Trade Rumors.

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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