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Mookie Betts, Red Sox head to arbitration after parties can’t agree

The Red Sox are saving the best for last.

Yesterday was the deadline for arbitration-eligible players to exchange numbers with their teams, and the Red Sox agreed to terms with all of their eligible players except for one: Mookie Betts.

Nine other Red Sox avoided arbitration yesterday, including Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Drew Pomeranz. Three others had previously agreed to terms. Betts is the lone holdout and it’s surely no coincidence that he’s the most complicated case.

Team president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said in an email that the Red Sox plan to have an arbitration hearing with Betts.