Red Sox renew Mookie Betts’ contract for near-record amount

The Red Sox on Thursday renewed right fielder Mookie Betts with a $950,000 contract for 2017, the second-highest one-year deal of its kind in MLB history, USA Today reported .

Only Mike Trout’s $1 million deal from the Angels in 2014 was bigger for a player with two-plus years of MLB service but not yet eligible for arbitration.

Under baseball’s collective bargaining agreement, players with under three years’ service time have no leverage in negotiations. If such a player, like Betts, is unable to reach a contract agreement with his team, then he can opt to have his contract renewed, perhaps as a way of showing he’s unhappy with the team’s salary offer.

So could Tebow be in line to earn a promotion? There is speculation he could be boosted to the High-A Port St. Lucie Mets, but that likely won’t happen for a while.

According to The State, the Mets have a long-term plan for Tebow and will continue to monitor his improvement.

He has been able to get his foot down on time, working on his timing, and it is finally paying off. He is more consistent, Leger said. When you get a couple hits and find that rhythm at the plate, your confidence also grows. That is what has been happening.

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