By Matt McCarthy, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Red Sox have until 1 p.m. Friday to exchange contract offers with 10 players on their roster who are eligible for salary arbitration, including reigning American League MVP Mookie Betts.
According to Chris Cotillo of MassLive, the Sox once again plan to employ a “file-and-trial” approach this offseason, meaning they will take any player who they cannot come to an agreement with to an arbitration hearing. A panel would then determine how much money that player would make for the 2019 season, choosing between the team’s offer and the player’s salary request.
The Red Sox made headlines last year when they could not come to an agreement with Betts in his first year of arbitration eligibility. The two sides went to a hearing haggling over a difference of $3 million, and Betts ultimately won his case and was awarded $10.5 million for the 2018 season.
It was the second-highest figure ever given to a player in year one of arbitration, behind only Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs.
MLBTradeRumors.com has projected Betts will receive $18.7 million in his second year of arbitration.
Players go through three years of arbitration eligibility before they become free agents.
Shortstop Xander Bogaerts is entering his final year of arbitration, as is Brock Holt. Bogaerts’ salary projection sits at $11.9 million, while Holt could be in line for $3.4 million, according MLB Trade Rumors.
The website also predicts Jackie Bradley Jr., who is in his second arbitration-eligible year, will receive $7.9 million.
Brandon Workman, Steven Wright, and Sandy Leon are entering their second year of arbitration while Blake Swihart, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Matt Barnes are entering their first year.
The Sox have already struck deals with relievers Heath Hembree and Tyler Thornburg to avoid arbitration.