Mookie Betts reportedly agrees to $20 million contract

Ruben Hill
January 12, 2019

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

The $20 million figure represents a record for a player who is arbitration-eligible for the second time.

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Jon Heyman of FanCred and Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet were first to report the agreement. His record-setting deal will establish the new standard for players with four-plus years of Major League Baseball service time.

The three-time All-Star certainly proved his worth in 2018, though, posting a.346 batting average with 32 home runs and 80 RBIs to win the American League MVP award and help Boston capture its ninth World Series title. In fact, notes Jeff Passan of ESPN, Betts's new contract has been exceeded only by players in their fourth year of arbitration by virtue of the Super Two rule. After the 2016 season, the Sox renewed Betts - who was not yet eligible for salary arbitration - at $950,000.

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