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McAdam: What the Red Sox’ arbitration settlements mean – and don’t mean

The Red Sox reached settlements with five of their seven salary-arbitration eligible players.

The Sox and the agents for their players agreed on the following deals:

Mookie Betts: $27 million.
Jackie Bradley Jr.: $11 million
Brandon Workman: $3.5 million
Matt Barnes: $3.1 million
Heath Hembree: $1.6125 million.

They were unable to reach settlements with outfielder Andrew Benintendi and starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez.

Benintendi filed at $4.15 million while the Sox countered at $3.4 million. Rodriguez, meanwhile, filed for $8.975 and the Sox were at 8.3 million.

The Sox have adapted a file-and-trial approach under which no negotiations take place once numbers are exchanged -- there will be hearings early next month. An arbitrator will choose either the players' figures or that of the team.

Some thoughts:

1. Don't get too excited about the settlement with Betts.