Jackie Bradley Jr. avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $6.1 million deal with the Red Sox.
In all, the Red Sox avoided arbitration with nine players Friday. Right fielder Mookie Betts, 25, who made $950,000 last season (.264, 24 homers, 102 RBI, 25 stolen bases, .803 OPS), was the only arbitration-eligible Red Sox player who didn't come to an agreement.
The #RedSox today agreed to terms with nine players on one-year contracts for the 2018 season, thus avoiding salary arbitration:— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) January 12, 2018
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NBC Sports Boston Red Sox Insider Evan Drellich reports that a source tells him Bogaerts agreed to a one-year, $7.05 million deal. Bogaerts, 25, eligible for free agency in 2020, hit .273 with 10 homers, 62 RBI and a .746 OPS last season.
Source: Xander Bogaerts to make $7.05 million in 2018— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) January 12, 2018
Bradley, the Red Sox center fielder, who turns 28 in April, made $3.6 million last season when he hit .245 with 17 homers and 63 RBI and played superior defense. Bradley has been the subject of trade rumors all offseason as the Red Sox search for a power bat and woo free agent J.D. Martinez, an outfielder, as well as a DH candidate.
Another arbitration-eligible player, right-handed reliever Joe Kelly, agreed to a one-year, $3.85 million contract with the Red Sox, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. Kelly (4-1, 2.79 ERA, 52 strikeouts in 58 innings pitched in 2017) made $2.8 million last season.
Reliever Joe Kelly jumps up to one year, $3.825 million contract with #Redsox— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) January 12, 2018
Also, ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick reports that Red Sox utility man Brock Holt avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.225 million deal. He made $1.95 million last season when he was limited to only 64 games (.200, no homers, seven RBI) by concussion symptoms.
Brock Holt has agreed with the #Redsox for $2.225 million.— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) January 12, 2018