Red Sox Reportedly Avoid Arbitration With Steven Wright, Heath Hembree

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Fresh off a historic 2018 campaign in which he slashed an otherworldly.346/.438/.640 en route to a World Series title, Betts earned himself a $9.5MM raise from his previous salary.

Reigning AL MVP Mookie Betts and the Red Sox have agreed to a record one-year, $20 million deal, avoiding arbitration, according to multiple reports Friday that cited unidentified sources. He sits atop the list of pending free agents the Red Sox will try to extend and lock up for a long-term contract before he enters free agency after the 2020 season. Wright's last season-plus has been marred by offseason cartilage restoration surgery in October 2017 and lingering pain that went with it.

The Red Sox reached deals with all nine players eligible for arbitration ahead of Friday's scheduled swap of salary figures.

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The Red Sox made headlines last year when they could not come to an agreement with Betts in his first year of arbitration eligibility. 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.

The website also predicts Jackie Bradley Jr., who is in his second arbitration-eligible year, will receive $7.9 million. ($8.55 million), pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez ($4.3. million), infielder Brock Holt ($3.575 million), catcher Sandy Leon ($2.475 million), relief pitcher Matt Barnes ($1.6 million), relief pitcher Brandon Workman ($1.15 million), and outfielder/catcher Blake Swihart ($910,000).

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