Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts headline Red Sox arbitration-eligible players

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The clock is ticking for the Red Sox.

The defending World Series champions have until 1 p.m. Friday to exchange salary figures with their remaining group of arbitration-eligible players or come to terms on new contracts. Boston has already agreed to terms with Heath Hembree, Tyler Thornburg, and Steven Wright, leaving a group of nine players, headlined by reigning A.L. MVP Mookie Betts, waiting for their new deals.

The most interesting case is sure to be Betts, who still has two arbitration-eligible seasons left before he hits free agency. Last year, the Sox lost his arbitration hearing despite a somewhat interesting strategy and had to pay him $3 million more than their proposed figure of $7.5 million. 

Here's a quick rundown of the players still looking for a 2019 contract along with their projected salaries, per MLBTradeRumors.com.

MOOKIE BETTS
2018 Stats: .346 average, 32 HR, 80 RBI, 30 SB
2018 Salary: $10.5 million
Projected 2019 Salary: $18.7 million

XANDER BOGAERTS
2018 Stats: .288 average, 23 HR, 103 RBI
2018 Salary: $7,050,000
Projected 2019 Salary: $11.9 million

JACKIE BRADLEY, JR.
2018 Stats: .234 average, 13 HR, 59 RBI
2018 Salary: $6.1 million
Projected 2019 Salary: $7.9 million

EDUARDO RODRIGUEZ
2018 Stats: 13-5 record, 3.82 ERA, 1.26 WHIP
2018 Salary: $2,375,000
Projected 2019 Salary: $4.8 million

BROCK HOLT
2018 Stats: .277 average, 7 HR, 46 RBI
2018 Salary: $2,225,000
Projected 2019 Salary: $3.4 million

SANDY LEON
2018 Stats: .177 average, 5 HR, 22 RBI
2018 Salary: $1,950,000
Projected 2019 Salary: $2.3 million

MATT BARNES
2018 Stats: 6-4 record, 25 holds, 3.65 ERA
2018 Salary: $605,000
Projected 2019 Salary: $1.5 million

BRANDON WORKMAN
2018 Stats: 6-1 record, 3.27 ERA, 1.21 WHIP
2018 Salary: $835,000
Projected 2019 Salary: $1.4 million

BLAKE SWIHART
2018 Stats: .229 average, 3 HR, 18 RBI
2018 Salary: $563,500
Projected 2019 Salary: $1.1 million

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