According to ESPN, earlier today a source told Jeff Passan that the Boston Red Sox and Mookie Betts reached a new record, one-year deal to avoid arbitration to the tune of a $27 million.
Third baseman Nolan Arenado's $26 million dollar deal with the Colorado Rockies, to avoid arbitration, was set last off-season, and you may recall that deal led to a huge eight-year, $260M dollar deal. Betts has previously spoken of wanting to test the market, so his deal might not lead to a big future contract with the Red Sox.
Boston also finalized deals with outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr., as well as with relievers Brandon Workman, Matt Barnes, Heath Hembree.
Betts debuted with the Boston Red Sox in 2014 and has been a stellar player during his career. His accolades include four consecutive All-Star Game appearances, a four-year streak of Gold Gloves, and three Silver Slugger Awards. He was 2nd in voting for AL MVP in 2016, and won the AL MVP nod in 2018, when he led the Sox to a World Series trophy.
Per Baseball Reference, in seven seasons with the Boston Red Sox—the only team Betts has played for—he has an average slash line of .301/.374/.519 and an overall OPS of .893. In 2019, he scored 135 runs on 176 hits, with 80 RBI and 29 homers. Top all that off with the fact that Betts has led the major leagues in runs scored and has led the Red Sox in home runs in those seven seasons, it's no question that he's a talent worth the new price tag.
At just 27 years of age, the home-grown product of Boston may soon spread his wings and share his incredible talent with another club in 2021. You can be sure Boston will do whatever they can to lock him down for as many years as possible.