Mookie Betts and the Boston Red Sox have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $27 million deal.
The MLB’s Mark Feinsand reported the record-breaking deal on Friday afternoon.
Per source, OF Mookie Betts and the Red Sox avoid arbitration, settle for $27 million. That breaks Nolan Arenado's arbitration record of $26 million.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) January 10, 2020
Reports indicated that the Red Sox might trade Betts if they could not avoid arbitration. In 2019 he won a Silver Slugger, Gold Glove and was an All-Star. The previous year he was the AL MVP along with the same honors.
The one-year deal is far from a long term solution, but Betts gets a significant increase in pay. With the deal done he can also report to Spring Training. If the process reached arbitration, MLB fans would likely see Betts in a different jersey very soon.
While the Red Sox won the World Series in 2018, they missed the playoffs in 2019. Missing Betts’ bat from the lineup would be a likely kiss of death for their postseason hopes in the new season. With both sides happy, Boston will try and reclaim the Commissioner’s trophy in 2020.
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