Red Sox Face Friday Arbitration Deadline With Betts, 9 Others

Rex Christensen
January 13, 2019

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.

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. Tyler Thornburg signed a one-year deal at the end of November.

That left nine arbitration-eligible players for the team to address heading into deadline day. The Gold Glover and Silver Slugger was rewarded in arbitration on Friday.

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Willian was unable to double his tally when, like Pedro before him, he was played through with a simple lofted pass, with Dubravka this time getting a touch to the attempted lob.

Knuckleballer Steven Wright and the Boston Red Sox agreed to a one-year contract for $1,375,000, a raise of $275,000, in a deal that avoided arbitration. It didn't pan out for the team that time and they shouldn't be eager to go down that path again. We've covered several other players elsewhere.

According to Chris Cotillo of MassLive, the Sox once again plan to employ a "file-and-trial" approach this offseason, meaning they will take any player who they can not come to an agreement with to an arbitration hearing.

The $20 million sets a new standard for players with four or more years of service, and it nearly doubles the salary for Betts, who was awarded $10.5 million in 2017 after the Red Sox had countered with a $7.5 million offer. Bogaerts' salary projection sits at $11.9 million, while Holt could be in line for $3.4 million, according MLB Trade Rumors.

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