Monday, 25 March, 2019

Red Sox Face Friday Arbitration Deadline With Betts, 9 Others

Sir Didi & Hicks Sir Didi & Hicks
Rita Gibson | 13 January, 2019, 20:58

It's a $9.5-million raise for the 26-year-old outfielder, who earned $10.5 million last season. However, should the two sides fail to agree to a multi-year extension next offseason-Betts's last arbitration-eligible season before reaching free agency-the three-time All-Star could command an astronomical salary in his final year of team control; at the very least, Betts appears poised to eclipse-if not shatter-the $23MM record set by Josh Donaldson one year ago, which now marks the highest one-year arbitration salary ever.

Past negotiations with Betts have not gone well. A panel would then determine how much money that player would make for the 2019 season, choosing between the team's offer and the player's salary request. Wright's last season-plus has been marred by offseason cartilage restoration surgery in October 2017 and lingering pain that went with it. The Gold Glover and Silver Slugger was rewarded in arbitration on Friday.

While Kris Bryant holds the record for salaries among first-year arbitration eligible players, Betts could be setting the standard in his second year of eligibility.

Sydney schoolboy dies in avalanche as family watch on
In neighboring Slovakia, the mountain rescue service said a Slovak man, 37, died from an avalanche in the Mala Fatra mountains. An Australian family's winter holiday has ended in tragedy after a teenager was killed while skiing in Austria .

There will be no arbitration battle between Mookie Betts and the Boston Red Sox this year.

We're a couple hours past the deadline at the time of this writing and deals have yet to be announced for some of the arbitration-eligible players. ($8.55 million), pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez ($4.3. million), infielder Brock Holt ($3.575 million), catcher Sandy Leon ($2.475 million), relief pitcher Matt Barnes ($1.6 million), relief pitcher Brandon Workman ($1.15 million), and outfielder/catcher Blake Swihart ($910,000).

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