Red Sox Reportedly Avoid Arbitration With Steven Wright, Heath Hembree

Tanya Simon
January 13, 2019

The Red Sox rarely let it get to that point but we saw previous year a case where they were forced to go to arbitration with a star player.

His efforts paid off in a big way, as Betts is now coming darn close to doubling his salary for the upcoming 2019 season. His numbers during the 2018 season were nothing short of outstanding, and the best part is that he's only 26 years old; barely even in the prime of his career yet. In fact, notes Jeff Passan of ESPN, Betts's new contract has been exceeded only by players in their fourth year of arbitration by virtue of the Super Two rule. His almost $10 million jump is the highest arbitration raise ever received by a position player. The outfielder had a $10.5 million salary previous year after winning a hearing against the Red Sox.

The Red Sox and Betts couldn't agree on a contract the previous two offseasons, and in 2017, the Red Sox wound up renewing the right fielder's contract for just $950,000.

Betts still has one more year of arbitration eligibility before he can become a free agent.

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The Boston Globe reported that the Red Sox agreed to deals with all of their arbitration-eligible players Friday. Bogaerts' salary projection sits at $11.9 million, while Holt could be in line for $3.4 million, according MLB Trade Rumors.

The Globe also reported that Boston reached deals with outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr.

The Sox have already struck deals with relievers Heath Hembree and Tyler Thornburg to avoid arbitration.

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