AL MVP Betts agrees to 1-year deal with Red Sox

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BOS­TON (AP) >> Mookie Betts keeps putting up big num­bers.

The AL MVP and the World Se­ries cham­pion Bos­ton Red Sox agreed to a $20 mil­lion, one-year con­tract Fri­day, a raise of $9.5 mil­lion that was for a few hours the high­est for an ar­bi­tra­tion- el­i­gi­ble player.

Betts was later sur­passed by New York Mets pitcher Ja­cob deGrom, who got a raise from $7.4 mil­lion to $17 mil­lion.

The Red Sox reached deals with all nine play­ers el­i­gi­ble for ar­bi­tra­tion ahead of Fri­day’s sched­uled swap of salary fig­ures. Short­stop Xan­der Bo­gaerts got a $12 mil­lion con­tract and out­fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. got $8.55 mil­lion.

Af­ter beat­ing the Red Sox in ar­bi­tra­tion last off­sea­son, the 26-year- old Betts led the ma­jor leagues in bat­ting av­er­age (.346) and slug­ging per­cent­age (.640) and was sec­ond in on-base av­er­age (.438). He also had 84 ex­tra-base hits, in­clud­ing 32 home runs, and stole 30 bases. The right fielder also won his third straight Gold Glove while mak­ing $10.5 mil­lion.

Betts can make more in award bonuses, in­clud­ing $100,000 each for AL MVP, World Se­ries MVP and ALCS MVP, and $50,000 bonuses for mak­ing the All- Star team or win­ning a Gold Glove or Sil­ver Slug­ger award. He would get $75,000 for fin­ish­ing sec­ond in the MVP vote and $50,000 for third.

Betts is el­i­gi­ble for free agency

JIM YOUNG - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

FILE - In this Thurs­day, Aug. 30, 2018, file photo, Bos­ton Red Sox’s Mookie Betts hits a two-run home run against the Chicago White Sox dur­ing the sev­enth in­ning of a base­ball game in Chicago.

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