Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Mookie Betts settles with Red Sox for $20 million, remains a bargain

Mookie Betts settles with Red Sox for $20 million, remains a bargain

The Red Sox and Betts avoided arbitration ahead of Friday's 1 p.m. ET deadline by agreeing to a $20 million contract for 2019, a source confirmed to NBC Sports Boston's Evan Drellich. It is a record number for a player at this stage of arbitration, with Betts still having one more year of arbitration-eligibility to go. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Betts could earn an additional $400K via awards (Twitter link). His record-setting deal will establish the new standard for players with four-plus years of Major League Baseball service time.

Professionally there's the excitement of the big deal, coupled with the fact the Red Sox are coming off a World Series win and he was the regular season MVP.


Mookie Betts smiles as he high-fives teammates after scoring a run in the second inning during a Boston Red Sox game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on June 14, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Only fourth-time-eligible players who got that extra season as a Super 2 have exceeded $20 million.

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