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Mookie Betts wins arbitration case over Red Sox

Rob Bradford
January 31, 2018 - 1:40 pm

Mookie Betts is getting a pretty healthy raise in 2018.

The three-person panel that heard Betts' arbitration hearing against the Red Sox ruled for the player Wednesday, awarding the outfielder $10.5 million, three million more than what the club filed at.

The sum is a record for a first-year arbitration case. The Cubs Kris Bryant hauled in $10.85 million earlier in the offseason in his first year of being arbitration-eligible.

Betts agreed to a one-year, $935,000 deal prior to last season, having not come to terms on a long-term extension with the Sox.

The 25-year-old has managed 78 home runs and 80 stolen bases in his young career, becoming the first player to hit arbitration with as many of 60 in each category since Matt Kemp in 2010. Kemp signed a long-term extension prior having to go through the arbitration process.

Betts second in the American League MVP voting in 2016, while notching a sixth-place finish last season.

The Red Sox pitchers and catchers report for spring training Feb. 14.

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