Source: Betts, Red Sox settle on $20M for 2019

MLB

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

The $20 million sets a new standard for players with four or more years of service, and it almost doubles the salary for Betts, who was awarded $10.5 million in 2017 after the Red Sox had countered with a $7.5 million offer.

In 2018, the Gold Glove center fielder led the American League in batting average (.346), runs (129) and slugging percentage (.640) while helping Boston to the World Series title.

Betts is a second-time-eligible player. His $20 million salary is higher than every second- and third-time-eligible player and pitcher. Only fourth-time-eligible players who got that extra season as a Super 2 have exceeded $20 million.

Articles You May Like

Vela, Rooney, Nani make MLS All-Star Fan XI
Lewis Hamilton cruises to French GP victory
O’Malley gets ban for trace amounts of substance
Hinting at how dominant they can become, Yankees soar past Astros
Rebooting World Cup to be part of NHL labor talks

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *