Mookie Betts picks arbitration hearing over further negotiations

Mookie Betts picks arbitration hearing over further negotiations
How much should Boston Red Sox star Mookie Betts get paid this year? Three judges will decide. The Red Sox reached one-year contract agreements Friday with nine of their 10 arbitration-eligible players, beating the deadline to exchange figures for a potential hearing. Betts was the lone holdout, and according to Sox assistant general manager Brian O'Halloran, the sides have agreed to let a panel of three arbitrators determine the All-Star right fielder's 2018 salary in a hearing next month. A date for the hearing has not yet been set. The Red Sox submitted a $7.5 million salary figure for Betts, who is seeking $10.5 million. The panel will choose one figure or the other. If the Sox and Betts' representatives had agreed to continue to negotiate, the sides could have settled on a midpoint at any time before the hearing. While it's largely atypical for a player to request a hearing if a settlement isn't reached before the exchange of salary figures,... 
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