Boston Red Sox and outfielder Andrew Benintendi have managed to avoid salary arbitration according to reports. Boston Globe reported on Sunday that Red Sox and Benintendi agreed to a two-year deal. The value of the contract is $10 million overall.
Benintendi was eligible for salary arbitration this offseason for the first time in his career. Initially, Red Sox offered a salary of $3.4 million for the next MLB season to the 25-year-old, but he decided to make a counter proposal of $4.15 million. Two sides ended up hammering a deal that works for both sides in the short term.
In 2022, Benintendi will be eligible for salary arbitration once again, after which he is set to become a free agent.
The Red Sox’s only remaining player eligible for salary arbitration is now Venezuelan pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez.
Since making his MLB debut in 2015, Andrew Benintendi managed to carve a notable role for himself in Boston Red Sox’ game. His contribution will now probably even increase as Red Sox recently traded All-Star Mookie Betts.
Benintendi finished 2019 with .266 batting average and 13 home runs while also adding 68 RBIs.