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