Sox, Betts agree to 1-year deal

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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-yearold 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. Betts 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 af­ter the 2020 World Series.

All-pur­pose player Brock Holt ($3,575,000), pitch­ers Matt Barnes ($1.6 mil­lion), Ed­uardo Ro­driguez ($4.3 mil­lion) and Bran­don Work­man ($1.15 mil­lion) and catch­ers Sandy Leon ($2,475,000) and Blake Swi­hart ($910,000) also reached agree­ments. Pitcher Steven Wright got a deal Thurs­day for $1,375,000.

Leon could earn $50,000 in per­for­mance bonuses for games at catcher: $25,000 each for 75 and 100. Ro­driguez could earn $25,000 for 100 in­nings.

Af­ter post­ing a team-record 108 wins and romp­ing to their fourth cham­pi­onship in 15 sea­sons, the Red Sox mostly stood pat dur­ing the early part of free agency, mak­ing their big­gest noise when they re-signed pitcher Nathan Eo­valdi to a four-year, $68 mil­lion con­tract.

Last sea­son, Bos­ton ex­ceeded the luxury tax thresh­old and is on track to en­dure an­other tax and penalty in next June’s am­a­teur draft. But pres­i­dent of base­ball oper­a­tions Dave Dom­browski said last month dur­ing the win­ter meet­ings that drop­ping below the high­est sur­tax this year would be ideal, but not man­dated.

Bo­gaerts hit .288 with 23 home runs last sea­son and his 103 RBIs were sec­ond on the team be­hind only J.D. Martinez’s 130. He was also third in slug­ging per­cent­age (.522) be­hind Betts (.640) and Martinez (.629). A 2016 All-Star, he made $7.05 mil­lion this past sea­son.

Bradley had an up-and-down year, hit­ting just .234 with 14 home runs and 59 RBIs dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son.

The 28-year-old came up big in the post­sea­son, though, and was cho­sen the ALCS MVP despite hit­ting just .200 (3 for 15) in the best-of-seven series win over Hous­ton. He was clutch with go-ahead hits in two Bos- ton wins and game-seal­ing grand slam in an­other.

Bradley earned a Gold Glove for the first time in cen­ter field. He made $6.1 mil­lion.

Holt, 30, was Bos­ton’s most-ver­sa­tile util­ity in­fielder this sea­son, hit­ting .277 with seven home runs and 46 RBIs. His big­gest mo­ment came in the play­offs when he be­came the first player in post­sea­son his­tory to hit for the cy­cle, spark­ing a 16-1 win at Yan­kee Sta­dium. He made $2.25 mil­lion in 2018.

Leon, 29, split time with Chris­tian Vazquez be­hind the plate. He hit just .177 with five home runs and 22 RBIs. He made $1.95 mil­lion last sea­son.

Swi­hart, 26, ap­peared in 82 games this past sea­son. He hit .229 and had three home runs and 18 RBIs in his 207 plate ap­pear­ances.

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Reign­ing AL MVP Mookie Betts and the Red Sox agreed to a one-year, $20-mil­lion con­tract Fri­day.

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