Red Sox, Benintendi avoid arbitration with 2-year deal
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As the baseball world waits for a resolution to the Mookie Betts trade, the Boston Red Sox took care of some other business Saturday.

The Red Sox and Andrew Benintendi avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year contract, the team announced.

The deal will pay the outfielder $3.4 million in 2020 and $6.6 million in 2021 before he enters his third and final arbitration year in 2022, according to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com.

Benintendi initially requested $4.15 million for 2020, while the team countered with $3.4 million when the figures were exchanged in January.

Drafted seventh overall in 2015, Benintendi has four major-league seasons under his belt. The 25-year-old slashed .266/.343/.431 with 13 home runs, 40 doubles, and 10 stolen bases across 138 games in 2019.

Left-handed starter Eduardo Rodriguez is the only arbitration-eligible player remaining for Boston.

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