American League MVP Mookie Betts, who went to a salary arbitration listening to and beat the Boston Red Sox final 12 months, on Friday settled for $20 million this time round.


— Mookie Betts (@mookiebetts) January 11, 2019

The $20 million units a brand new normal for gamers with 4 or extra 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 provide.

  • Pitcher Jacob deGrom greater than doubled his salary as he reached a $17M deal with the Mets for 2019, breaking the file for a elevate for an arbitration-eligible participant.

  • The Cubs have signed suspended shortstop Addison Russell to a one-year deal price $three.four million, avoiding an arbitration listening to, in accordance to a supply.

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In 2018, the Gold Glove heart fielder led the American League in batting common (.346), runs (129) and slugging share (.640) whereas serving to Boston to the World Collection title.

Betts is a second-time-eligible participant. His $20 million salary is larger than each second- and third-time-eligible participant and pitcher. Solely fourth-time-eligible gamers who acquired that additional season as a Tremendous 2 have exceeded $20 million.

Tremendous 2 is a designation that enables a choose group of gamers to change into eligible for arbitration earlier than reaching three years of service time.

The settlement got here early on a wild Friday morning by which greater than 100 eligible gamers negotiated their contracts. Those that couldn’t come to phrases with groups are anticipated to head to an arbitration listening to.

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