April 18, 2021

Source — Mookie Betts, Red Sox agree to record $27M deal (ESPN)


Outfielder Mookie Betts is getting a one-year, $27 million deal from the Boston Red Sox in a record agreement to avoid arbitration, a source told ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Friday.

The amount breaks the arbitration record of $26 million, set by Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado last offseason, which led to negotiations for a $260 million, eight-year deal.

The Red Sox on Friday also announced one-year deals with outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. ($11 million) and relievers Brandon Workman ($3.5 million), Matt Barnes ($3.1 million) and Heath Hembree ($1.6125 million). Sources confirmed the terms of the deals to ESPN.

Outfielder Andrew Benintendi and lefty Eduardo Rodriguez were the only arbitration-eligible players not to sign with Boston.

Betts, who will be a free agent after the 2020 season, hit .295 with 29 home runs and 80 RBIs last season. He also led the AL with 135 runs scored.

The 27-year-old Betts, a homegrown talent who led the team to its World Series championship in 2018, also avoided arbitration in 2019 by settling with the Red Sox for $20 million.

Selected by Boston in the fifth round of the 2011 draft, Betts is a career .301 hitter with an .893 OPS. Since…

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