This is Part 8 in a series in which we'll examine the Red Sox roster by position. Each day, we'll focus on one spot around the diamond, examine the incumbent player(s), look at prospects in the system and comment on the state of the position within the organization in general.
TODAY: Right field
INCUMBENT: Mookie Betts
CONTRACT STATUS: Eligible for final year of salary arbitration, with a projected salary of $27.7 million.
THE SKINNY: Having set the bar impossibly high with a 2018 season in which he was named A.L. MVP and had one of the best seasons in franchise history, Betts almost certainly was going to see his numbers regress somewhat in 2019 — and they did. At times, he was hugely frustrated — especially in the first half — as he tinkered with his swing and bounced between the No. 2 and leadoff spot in the Red Sox lineup. But he rebounded nicely in the second half (.992 OPS) and still managed to post a 6.8 WAR, good for seventh in all of MLB. He also led the game in runs scored and was awarded both a Silver Slugger and Gold Glove. Most of the "counting stats'' — doubles, homers, and RBI — were almost identical to the previous season.
Even after a season in which he fell off somewhat,