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

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
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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