Being the best all-around player on a World Series winning team certainly has its perks.
According to reports, the two sides avoided arbitration with a one-year, $20 million deal.
Mookie Betts avoids arb with $20 million deal per source— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) January 11, 2019
Holy moly. That's an immense amount of money considering the two sides didn't go to a hearing. Betts is worth every penny. The man slashed .346/.438/.640 with 129 runs scored, 32 home runs, 80 RBI and 30 stolen bases.
While Kris Bryant holds the record for salaries among first-year arbitration eligible players, Betts could be setting the standard in his second year of eligibility.
Mookie Betts settled with the Boston Red Sox at $20 million, league source familiar with the agreement tells ESPN. A huge number that sets a new standard for 4+ players. His number next year, if he doesn’t work out an extension, could be gargantuan.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 11, 2019
That's what happens when you're only 26 years old and have logged just 644 games at the MLB level. Betts was very much the motor that kept the Red Sox churning despite that team being loaded with a number of other stars in the lineup and on the pitching staff.
Prepare to open your pockets, John W. Henry, because Betts is going to break the bank.