Andrew Benintendi, Red Sox agree on two-year, $10 million deal

The outfielder was eligible for salary arbitration for the first time in his career.

Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi was eligible for salary arbitration this year for the first time in his career. –filr/Rich Schultz/Getty Images

The Red Sox and outfielder Andrew Benintendi reached a two-year, $10 million deal, thus avoiding salary arbitration.

The sides were scheduled for a hearing in Arizona after the team submitted a recommendation of a $3.4 million salary for 2020 and the outfielder countered at $4.15 million.

Benintendi, 25, hit .266/.343/.431 with 13 homers and 10 steals in 2019 — a step back from his .290/.366/.465 line in the 2018 championship run. Since his call-up in August 2016, he owns a .277/.354/.442 line.

With just more than three years of big league service time, he was eligible for salary arbitration this year for the first time in his career.

The two-year deal will cover his first two seasons of arbitration eligibility. He’ll be eligible one additional time (for the 2022 campaign) before he is eligible for the open market.