Betts, deGrom, Davis get big-money deals, avoid arbitration


AL MVP
Mookie Betts, NL
Cy Young Award
winner Jacob deGrom and major league home run champion Khris Davis reached high-priced one-year deals to avoid salary arbitration, while slugger
Nolan Arenado
and pitchers
Gerrit Cole
,
Luis Severino
and Aaron Nola failed to reach agreements and for now appeared headed to hearings.

Betts and the
World Series
champion
Boston Red Sox
agreed to a $20 million, one-year contract on Friday, a $9.5 million raise for an arbitration-eligible player that topped pitcher
Max Scherzer
‘s $8.8 million raise from Detroit in 2014.

Betts’ record didn’t last the day, broken when deGrom and the New York Mets agreed at $17 million, a $9.6 million increase.

Davis and the
Oakland Athletics
reached a $16.5 million deal, a $6 million raise after he hit 48 home runs with a career-high 123 RBIs.

Arenado asked for a record $30 million in arbitration from Colorado and was offered $24 million. He will top the record for a salary for an arbitration-eligible player, a $23 million deal last year by Toronto and third baseman
Josh Donaldson
.

Among the 157 players eligible at the start of the day, just 15 remained without deals.

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