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Betts agrees to record 1-year, $27M deal with Red Sox

Michael Dwyer | AP
Michael Dwyer | AP
Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts reacts after his RBI single during the third inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Boston, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

BOSTON — Outfielder Mookie Betts agreed Friday to a $27 million contract with the Boston Red Sox, the largest one-year salary for an arbitration-eligible player.

Outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. also agreed to an $11 million deal, ensuring Boston will avoid salary arbitration with two of its biggest stars.

Betts’ deal topped the $26 million agreement last winter for third baseman Nolan Arenado, which led to negotiations for a $260 million, eight-year deal.

A four-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove winner, Betts is eligible for free agency after this season.

He was voted the American League MVP in 2018, when he hit a major league-leading .346 with 32 homers and 80 RBIs, then helped the Red Sox to the World Series title. He hit .295 last season with 29 homers and 80 RBIs.

Bradley is known for his spectacular plays in the outfield, but his bat has been a liability at times. He is streaky, hitting .315 with five homers and 14 RBIs in June but just .225 for the season as a whole, with 21 homers and 62 RBIs. He led the league in putouts and assists as a center fielder.

Boston also acquired right-hander Austin Brice from the Miami Marlins in exchange for minor league shortstop Angeudis Santos. Infielder Marco Hernández was designated for assignment.

Brice, a 27-year-old relief pitcher, had a 3.43 ERA in 36 games last season.

WEEI reported that, according to other outlets, Boston also has signed three other players who were eligible for arbitration.

The Red Sox have agreed to terms with pitchers Matt Barnes, Brandon Workman and Heath Hembree.

Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reported that Barnes took a $3.1 million deal. Feinsand also posted that Workman has settled on a $3.5 million contract for 2020.

Alex Speier of the Boston Globe reported that pitcher Heath Hembree has accepted a deal worth $1.6125 million.

According to WEEI, that leaves pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez and outfielder Andrew Benintendi as the two remaining Red Sox players eligible for arbitration who have not come to terms with the team.


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