Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts, Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman, and Houston Astros outfielder George Springer headline a list of 27 players who could be heading to arbitration after failing to agree to a salary with their respective clubs for the 2018 season prior to Friday's deadline.
Betts requested to be paid $10.5 million, while the Red Sox countered with $7.5 million. The $3-million difference is the largest of any of the arbitration-eligible players. Springer and the Astros sit $2 million apart, the second-highest discrepancy. Stroman, meanwhile, will likely land in arbitration, as the Blue Jays use the file-and-trial approach.
Teams and players have the next several weeks to try and find a middle ground before facing an arbitration hearing. If they're unwilling to come to terms, a panel of arbitrators will decide on a salary by choosing either the player's request, or the team's.
Here is the full list of players potentially heading to arbitration, along with the salaries exchanged:
|Player||Team||Player Request||Team Offer|
|Roberto Osuna||Blue Jays||$5.8M||$5.3M|
|Marcus Stroman||Blue Jays||$6.9M||$6.5M|
|Mookie Betts||Red Sox||$10.5M||$7.5M|
|Avisail Garcia||White Sox||$6.7M||$5.85M|
|Yolmer Sanchez||White Sox||$2.35M||$2.1M|