Mookie Betts and the Red Sox have agreed to a $27 million deal for 2020, breaking Nolan Arenado's year-old record $26 million for a player in his final year of arbitration eligibility. The club has not yet confirmed the agreement. (MLB.com)
Boston was wise to avoid going to an arbitration hearing with Betts. Those hearings can get ugly, and if Boston has any hope of signing Betts long-term, not going through that process would seem to be the right call. This is good news for Betts' 2020 fantasy outlook as he should be safely locked in as a consensus top-5 overall pick.