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. BostonþÄôs Mookie Betts and MilwaukeeþÄôs Christian Yelich were runaway winners of the Most Valuable Player awards after the 26-year-old outfielders each led their teams to first-place finishes with dominant seasons that included batting titles.
Sources told MLB.com and ESPN that deGrom and the Mets also avoided arbitration with a one-year, $17 million deal on Friday in his second year of eligibility.
The Boston Red Sox now have avoided arbitration with three of their pitchers. He and the club could not come to an agreement on salaries the last two seasons. Wright's last season-plus has been marred by offseason cartilage restoration surgery in October 2017 and lingering pain that went with it. If the sides are unable to come to an agreement in time, an arbitration panel is tasked with determining if the player will be paid what they asked for or what the team was offering.More news: Trailer for Jake Gyllenhaal's Netflix Horror Movie 'Velvet Buzzsaw' Lights Up Twitter
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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.
Also eligible for arbitration are outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr., shortstop Xander Bogarts, right-handers Matt Barnes and Brandon Workman, left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez, utiliyman Brock Holt, catcher Sandy Leon and catcher/first baseman Blake Swihart.