Red Sox, Rafael Devers reportedly agree to deal, avoid arbitration

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Chalk this up as good news for the Red Sox.

According to multiple reports, Boston and third baseman Rafael Devers have agreed to a $4.575 million deal for the 2021 season, avoiding salary arbitration in the process.

Had the two sides not been able to reach an agreement, they would have needed to submit their proposed salaries for arbitration by the end of the day Friday.

Devers was the only Red Sox player facing the arbitration deadline. It would have been an interesting case had a deal not gotten done given the pandemic-shortened season, during which Devers hit .263 with 11 home runs, 43 RBIs and a .793 OPS in 57 games. He also committed a league-leading 14 errors.

Either way, $4.575 million looks like a steal for the Red Sox, and saves them from a potentially contentious arbitration hearing with one of their core young players.