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Mookie Betts Wins Arbitration Case With Red Sox

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Mookie Betts Wins Arbitration Case With Red Sox

Boston Red Sox star Mookie Betts won his arbitration case with the Boston Red Sox to settle his 2018 salary. As Mookie went into arbitration, the Red Sox suggested $7.5 million dollars while Mookie requested $10.5 million dollars. This is a gigantic pay raise for the right fielder whose 2017 salary was $950,000.

This win for Mookie Betts could drastically change how much up and coming stars could make while they go through arbitration. This includes Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi.

With the Red Sox going to arbitration with the Mookie Betts, this could drastically change Mookies’ opinion of the Red Sox and his willingness to sign a long term contract with the Red Sox. The earliest Mookie Betts would become a free agent is in 2021.

Betts Future With The Red Sox

Mookie Betts now feels like the Red Sox don’t see him as valuable as he sees himself. That is evident with the fact that the Red Sox wanted to pay him $3 million dollars less then he wanted to get paid. So going forward why would he want to give the Red Sox any commitment? They don’t see him as a valuable asset who they should be kept happy. If the Red Sox wanted to have a future with Mookie Betts, they wouldn’t have brought him to an arbitration hearing over $3 million dollars.

A full year removed from David Ortiz, it’ll be interesting to see if Mookie Betts returns to somewhat of what he had in 2016. All throughout 2017, it never seemed like Mookie was comfortable at the plate. If he duplicates his 2017, it may be in the Red Sox benefit to move on from Mookie Betts sooner rather then later. Maybe trading him after 2018 would be beneficial so the Red Sox can get a return on him. After that, the team could always sign Washington Nationals superstar Bryce Harper who is a free agent after the 2018 season.

Evan is a attending Bryant University and joined the Trifecta Network as an Editor in February of 2016 and is a guest on Down to the WIRE Sports Talk.

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Boston Red Sox Have Signed JD Martinez

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Time for a celebration Red Sox fans, the team has reportedly signed a big-time bat.

According to Pedro Gomez of ESPN, the Boston Red Sox have signed free agent DH/OF J.D. Martinez.

Multiple outlets are reporting that the deal is for five years with a player opt-out option after two seasons. The deal is valued at $110 million with it being a front loaded contract prior to the opt out. Full terms will be revealed later.

Martinez has played for three teams in his career starting off in Houston, moving to Detroit, and then being traded to Arizona this past season. The 30-year-old has had his fair share of struggles in major league baseball but was able to figure it all out in 2017 by belting 45 home runs between the Tigers and Diamondbacks with a .303 batting average and 104 RBIs.

Martinez’s role with the Red Sox is unclear at the moment but he can be expected to DH and the corner outfield positions. Having the opt-out in the contract is a huge incentive for Martinez who will likely be playing like it is a contract year given the front-loaded nature of the deal.

Boston has landed their guy, the question is will it be enough for them to contend with the New York Yankees?

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Boston Red Sox Are Close To Signing JD Martinez

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Red Sox fans everywhere can start to rejoice as the big move the team desperately needed is getting closer to completion.

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Boston Red Sox and free agent J.D. Martinez are closing in on a deal.

Other reports have also confirmed that a deal is imminent but that Dave Dombrowski and the team have yet to acknowledge or confirm anything is done or nearing completion. It does appear however that talks between Martinez and the Red Sox are at an all-time high and their seems to be high confidence that both sides will come to terms on a deal in the near future.

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John Henry, Red Sox Owner: ‘We really don’t need to be popular. We need to win.’

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Ever wonder why Boston Red Sox fans or Liverpool fans have shown a hatred towards John Henry? Well if you did look no further than his idiotic and out of touch comments that he made on Monday during his yearly media availability.

Red Sox owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner were asked if they were concerned about the level of popularity of the current team compared to past years.

Wener, one of the producers of Roseanne went first.

“I don’t quite see it the way some of the fans see it. I respect their point of view but I think we’ve got a fun team and if it’s healthy I think were going to be — we’ll bring the fans back,” Werner said. “Obviously we’re in a market where there’s a lot of excellence. We’ve got four championship teams and they’re all playing extremely well. So hopefully now it’s the beginning of spring training and we can have some focus on the Red Sox.”

Henry provided a follow-up that was a bit odd for an owner that makes money off of people liking his teams.

“We really don’t need to be popular,” he said. “We need to win.”

For a team so image conscious the statement is bizarre. But hey, maybe Henry is checked out and will sell the team.

There are plenty of other things to do in the summer than watch Red Sox baseball, maybe fans should take Henry’s lead and turn off the team if they fail to win.

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