On Tuesday, the Boston Red Sox and Mookie Betts had their arbitration hearing. Today, the Arbitration committee sided with Betts, who will now be making $10.5 Million in 2018.
The Red Sox suggestion was at $7.5 million. Betts will make $9.5 million more in 2018 than his $950,000 contract in 2017. Betts joins Kris Bryant ($10.85 mil) as one of the top earners in 2018 arbitration.
This was Betts’ first year of arbitration eligibility and will not hit the free agency until 2021. Betts’ arbitration suggests he will be making a lot more money in the next couple years. That is unless the Red Sox can sign Betts to an extension before he hits the open market.
The 2016 MVP runner-up finished the 2017 season batting .264/.351/.459 with 24 home runs and 102 RBI’s and a Gold Glove. Betts has a career batting line of .292/.351/.488 with 2 Gold Gloves and 80 stolen bases in three seasons with the Red Sox.
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