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Mookie Betts, Red Sox fail to reach agreement before arbitration deadline; 9 other players sign

John Tomase
January 12, 2018 - 4:28 pm

The Red Sox do not yet have a deal with Mookie Betts.

Friday's deadline to exchange arbitration figures came and went without a contract for Betts, the two-time All-Star and 2016 MVP runner-up, the team announced.

The Red Sox were more successful with their other nine arbitration-eligible players, inking left-hander Drew Pomeranz to a one-year deal for $8.5 million, which is a bit below the $9.1 million he had been projected to earn by MLB Trade Rumors.

Other players to avoid aritration and agree to one-year deals to amounts confirmed by a source included outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. ($6.1 million), reliever Joe Kelly ($3.825 million), lefty Eduardo Rodriguez ($2.375 million), infielder Brock Holt ($2.225 million), catcher Sandy Leon ($1.95 million), and righty Brandon Workman ($835,000).

News of the signings was first reported by the Boston Globe's Alex Speier, as well as USA Today's Bob Nightengale, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, and Robert Murray of FanRag Sports.

The Red Sox reached agreements with reliever Carson Smith and knuckleballer Steven Wright earlier this week.

Betts is the one to watch. MLB Trade Rumors projects him to make in the $6 million range as he hits arbitration for the first time.

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