Red Sox agree to terms with 10 players on one-year contracts

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

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

His efforts paid off in a big way, as Betts is now coming darn close to doubling his salary for the upcoming 2019 season.

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. Those who could not come to terms with teams are expected to head to an arbitration hearing.

Fresh off his 2018 MVP campaign, Betts, a second-time eligible player, almost doubles his pay from the $10.5 million deal he struck with Boston to avoid arbitration prior to last season.

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

Oct 14, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts (50) runs to first base on an RBI double in the eighth inning against the Houston Astros in game two of the 2018 ALCS playoff baseball series at Fenway Park. The outfielder had a $10.5 million salary past year after winning a hearing against the Red Sox.

Players go through three years of arbitration eligibility before they become free agents. 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. Notably, shortstop Xander Bogaerts ($12MM) and outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr.

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