The third time, apparently, was the charm for the Red Sox and Mookie Betts.
Two years ago, before Betts first qualified for salary arbitration, the team renewed -- that is, unilaterally imposed -- his salary for the 2017 season.
Last year, the two sides couldn't reach an agreement and went to an arbitration hearing, with Betts ($10.5 million) prevailing over the club (which had filed at $7.5 million).
But this year, with less than an hour before the two sides were due to exchange figures and head to arbitration again, Betts and the Sox reached a settlement for $20 million, according to baseball sources.
It was a fruitful day altogether for the Red Sox, who reached agreement with the remainder of their salary-arbitration players, getting deals done --dating back to December -- with all 12 players who were eligible.