Mookie Betts put a fresh standard for players because of the status Friday, since the reigning American League Most Valuable Player Award winner and the Red Sox have avoided arbitration with a one time, $20 million price to get its 2019 season, based on sources. The club has not supported the deal.

MLB Network insider Jon Heyman was the first to record the offer.

Mookie Betts put a fresh standard for players because of the status Friday, since the reigning American League Most Valuable Player Award winner and the Red Sox have avoided arbitration with a one time, $20 million price to get its 2019 season, based on sources. The club has not supported the deal.

MLB Network insider Jon Heyman was the first to record the offer.

Betts’ salary can be a brand new high mark for second-year arbitration-eligible players, and might set the stage for Betts to violate Josh Donaldson‘s overall mediation record from 2018 (one year, $ 2-3 million) when he re-enters mediation talks next off season. Betts made $10.5 million in 2018 after winning his first-year arbitration case last winter, meaning his $9.5 million raise via arbitration is also a record, surpassing the $8.8 million raise Max Scherzer received in 2014.

Betts, 26, paced the Majors in runs (129), average (.346) and slugging (.640) enroute to his first MVP while also shooting AL Silver Slugger and Gold Glove Awards. He helped lead the Red Sox to the 2018 World Series title — the franchise’s fourth title in a span of 15 seasons.