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Hot Stove Lunch: Mookie Betts readies for payday

Later this week, Mookie Betts will take a step toward being one of the highest-paid players in the game.

No, free agency hasn't been moved up. But by the end of this week, Betts will have a pretty good idea where he stands for his final year of salary arbitration. On Friday afternoon, Betts and the Red Sox will either exchange their filing figures or come to an agreement on a salary for 2020. has pegged Betts for $27.7 million; some believe that number to be low.

The two sides can either reach a compromise before the deadline