For the most part, teams and players settle at a midpoint after they exchange arbitration figures.
It’s usually a fairly ho-hum process, unless you have a player like Mookie Betts, the highest-profile arbitration case this year, who sometime in the next two years (that’s how long the Red Sox have him under control before free agency) will hit the jackpot and likely get into that absurd $300 million-$400 million price range.
What’s interesting about this one is that the Red Sox decided to go through with an arbitration hearing last February. They lost with their $7.5 million figure. Betts was awarded $10.5 million.