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A look at the Red Sox minor league award winners

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A look at the Red Sox minor league award winners

BOSTON -- The Red Sox recently announced their 2012 minor league award winners.
Right-hander Brandon Workman was named pitcher of the year.Anytime you can have a good year and have consistently good outings it builds your confidence as you go throughout the year and it makes it easier to go out and do it again next time, Workman said.Its a huge honor. Having a good seasons great but then to be recognized by the organization is a huge honor.And reaching the major leagues?Thats kind of out of my hands, he said. Game plan is to go out there and try to throw the best that I can every time I go out there and everything else will take care of itself.Outfielder Jackie Bradley was named defensive player of the year.I stayed healthy, Bradley said of his season. That was pretty much what I wanted to do. I didn't really have any expectations going into the season. My expectation was to stay healthy and play as well as I can. It was an alright season, a good season and Ill try to reap the benefits later.Bradley could be on the major league horizon fairly soon.I like that plan, he said. Its always good hearing that, but Im going to continue to work hard. I feel like I got a long way to go and try to get better every day.Shortstop Xander Bogaerts was named offensive player of the year.It was a learning experience for me, Bogaerts said. Going through struggles and going through slumps and stuff. Its all part of baseball.This game is about the mental part. You can be physically good but you need to be strong mentally, so got to keep focused and keep doing the best you can.Third baseman Garin Cecchini is the base runner of the year. He had 51 stolen bases in 57 attempts this season, an impressive 89 percent success rate, for Greenville this season.I was at 49 the last game and I stole four times and got caught twice, he said. I wanted to get to 50. It was one of my goals that I kind of set in my head. Didnt say anything about it and obviously I got there so it was good. Got to 50 and then 51 so its fine. Next year well get the percentage.I feel like Ive developed so much since Feb. 22 when I reported to spring and thats the biggest key. You want to be in the big leagues. You dont want to be in Greenville, South Carolina your whole life. You want to be at Fenway Park and help the Red Sox win. So thats my goal.Right-hander Keivin Heras and outfielder Manuel Margot are the Latin Program pitcher and player of the year, respectively.Outfielder Daniel Nava received the Lou Gorman Award for dedication and perseverance in overcoming obstacles to reach the majors leagues.

Report: Ex-Red Sox reliever Reed gets deal with Twins

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Report: Ex-Red Sox reliever Reed gets deal with Twins

He was dubbed "Closer B" by Red Sox manager John Farrell when acquired at the trade deadline last summer, now Addison Reed is "Closer B Gone"...to the Twins.

The right-handed reliever, 29, has agreed to a two-year, $16.75 million free-agent deal with Minnesota, pending a physical, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports and TheAthletic.com reports. 

Reed began last season with the Mets and had 19 saves and a 2.57 ERA before being traded to the Red Sox, where he had a 3.33 ERA in 29 games (27 innings) without a save as a setup man for Craig Kimbrell.  
 

Red Sox, Mookie Betts far apart on salary and heading toward arbitration

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Red Sox, Mookie Betts far apart on salary and heading toward arbitration

The Red Sox and star right fielder Mookie Betts intend to go to an arbitration hearing in February, and there were signs this was coming even a year ago.

Betts was the only arbitration-eligible player on the Red Sox who did not settle on a contract with the team on Friday, when a deadline arrived for all teams and arbitration-eligible players to exchange 2018 salary figures. Jackie Bradley Jr., Xander Bogaerts and Drew Pomeranz were the biggest names to avoid hearings.

Betts filed for a $10.5 million salary and the Red Sox filed at $7.5 million.  Betts and the Red Sox agreed previously that if no figure could be settled on by the Friday deadline, they would proceed to a hearing, assistant general manager Brian O'Halloran said. 

A three-person panel of arbitrators therefore is set to determine what Betts makes in 2018: either the $7.5 million figure the Sox filed or the $10.5 million figure Betts' camp submitted. The arbitrators won't settle on a midpoint for the parties. 

O'Halloran noted to the Globe there are no hard feelings involved.

Nonetheless, such a large gap would seem to provide incentive to settle. The parties technically could still decide to do so, but that would take a change of course from the present plan. The idea was to settle any time before Friday, and they did not. 

Betts is asking for near-record money for a first-year arbitration eligible player. Kris Bryant set the record Friday with a $10.85 million settlement.

The hearings can be difficult for player-team relations because teams have to make the case in front of the player that he is worth less money than he wants.

Betts, 25, hit .264, with 24 homers, 102 RBI, 25 stolen bases and a .803 OPS in 2017, numbers that fell from his American League MVP runner-up performance in 2016, but were nonetheless very strong and coupled with first-rate defense.

This offseason is Betts' first of arbitration eligibility. In the first three years of service time in a players' career, there's no recourse if you don't like the salary a team is offering. Teams can pay players anything at league minimum or above. 

The only option a player has in those first three years is to make a stand on principle: you can force the team to technically "renew" your salary, which notes to everyone that you did not agree to the salary. Betts and his agents did that in 2017 when the Sox paid him $950,000, a very high amount relative to most contract renewals.

Some of the standard thinking behind forcing a team to renew a contract is that if an arbitration case comes up down the road — and one now looms for Betts — it's supposed to show the arbitrators that the player felt even in seasons past, he was underpaid.

Still, the Sox may have effectively combatted that perception by paying Betts almost $1 million on a renewal. Per USA Today, that $950,000 agreement in 2017 was "the second-highest one-year deal ever for a non-arbitration-eligible player with two-plus years of big league service." Mike Trout got $1 million in 2014.