Mookie Betts, Red Sox agree on $20 million salary for 2019

  • Mookie Betts, Red Sox agree on $20 million salary for 2019

Mookie Betts, Red Sox agree on $20 million salary for 2019

The two sides agreed to a one-year, $1.375 million deal on Thursday, NBC Sports Boston's Red Sox insider Evan Drellich confirms.

According to a major league source, the Red Sox and Betts have come to terms on a one-year deal worth $20 million. His $20 million salary sets a record for a player in his second season of arbitration-eligibility.

The $20 million total is huge for an arbitration settlement, granting Betts a almost 50 percent raise and setting a big new precedent for similar players in the future. Betts's salary increase of $9.5 million - after receiving a $10.5 million salary last year - represents the largest raise ever for a player who had already been in his arbitration years. Betts was named an all-star in 2018 for the third straight season, and was took home the American League's MVP after hitting 32 home runs and 80 RBIs.

With the three pitchers locked up, the Red Sox now have nine players left: Sandy Leon, Brock Holt, Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Xander Bogaerts, Eduardo Rodriguez, Matt Barnes, Blake Swihart and Brandon Workman.