Star outfielder Mookie Betts and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a one-year, $20 million deal to avoid salary arbitration, according to multiple reports.
Betts earned $10.5 million in 2018, according to Spotrac.
Betts, 26, was the 2018 American League MVP and led the major leagues with a .346 batting average and a slugging percentage of .640. He had 32 home runs, 80 RBIs and 30 stolen bases.
He is a three-time All-Star and a three-time Gold Glove winner.
Betts and the team will face arbitration in 2020 if they do not reach a long-term contract agreement.
"His number next year, if he doesn't work out an extension, could be gargantuan," ESPN's Jeff Passan tweeted.
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