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    March 21, 2019 7:23 PM PDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — AL MVP Mookie Betts , NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom and major league home run champion Khris Davis reached high-priced one-year deals to avoid salary arbitration, while slugger Nolan Arenado and pitchers Gerrit Cole, Luis Severino and Aaron Nola were among 15 players still on track for hearings.Betts and the World Series champion Boston Red Sox agreed to a $20 million, one-year contract on Friday, a $9.5 million raise that topped pitcher Max Scherzer’s $8.8 million hike from Detroit in 2014.Betts’ standard didn’t last the day, broken when deGrom and the New York Mets agreed at $17 million, a $9.6 million increase.Cleveland shortstop Francisco Lindor, eligible for the first time, got an even bigger raise. His salary went up more than $9.9 million, from $643,200 to $10.55 million.Davis and the Oakland Athletics reached a $16.5 million deal, a $6 million raise after he hit 48 home runs with a career-high 123 RBIs.Arenado asked for a record $30 million in arbitration from Colorado and was offered $24 million. He will top the record for a salary for an arbitration-eligible player , a $23 million deal last year by Toronto and third baseman Josh Donaldson.Among the 157 players eligible for arbitration at the start of the day, 142 reached deals on the busiest day of the offseason. All were for one year, though Milwaukee catcher Manny Pina’s agreement included a team option for 2020.There will be fewer hearings this winter than last year, when players won 12 of 22 cases argued — the most since 24 in 1990.Washington reached an $18.8 million deal with third baseman Anthony Rendon, who got a $6.5 million raise, and Chicago White Sox slugger Jose Abreu agreed at $16 million, a raise of $3 million.Boston also reached deals with shortstop Xander Bogaerts for $12 million and outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. for $8.55 million.Suspended shortstop Addison Russell and the Chicago Cubs agreed to a $3.4 million, one-year contract, a relatively small $200,000 raise for a player whose relationship with the team appeared strained after a domestic violence suspension.Russell accepted a 40-game suspension last October for violating baseball’s domestic violence policy following allegations made by his ex-wife. He missed the final 11 regular-season games plus the wild-card playoff loss and will be eligible to return May 3, barring postponements.Russell will lose pay during the suspension. He can earn an additional $600,000 in roster bonuses if he is on the active roster for up to 150 days.Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant agreed to a $12.9 million Ryan Zimmerman Jersey , one-year deal, a raise from $10.85 million.Among the players still on track for hearings, Cole asked Houston for $13.5 million and was offered $11,425,000; and Trevor Bauer asked Cleveland for $13 million and was offered $11 million. Bauer won his hearing last winter.Two first-time eligible starting pitchers didn’t reach deals: Severino asked for $5.25 million and was offered $4.4 million by the New York Yankees, and Aaron Nola requested $6.75 million and was offered $4.45 million by Philadelphia.Traded to Cincinnati by the Los Angeles Dodgers, Alex Wood asked the Reds for $9.65 million and was offered $8.7 million.Hearings are scheduled for Jan. 28 to Feb. 15 in St. Petersburg, Florida. While many teams say they have a “file and trial” strategy for players who don’t reach deals before the exchange, some of with pending cases may settle.Some of the gaps are relatively modest: Washington outfielder Michael A. Taylor ($3.5 million vs. $3.25 million), Houston right-hander Chris Devenski ($1.65 million vs. $1.4 million) and Toronto right-hander Ryan Tepera ($1.8 million vs. $1,525,000)Three of the remaining cases involve the Astros: shortstop Carlos Correa asked for $5 million and was offered $4.25 million. BALTIMORE (AP) — Cemented together by a seven-year contract , the Baltimore Orioles and Chris Davis are staggering toward the finish of a historically horrid season for both the franchise and former home run king.With 35 games to go, Davis is batting .163. He’s on track to break the record for lowest batting average by a qualifier since 1900, .179 by Rob Deer in 1991 and Dan Uggla in 2013.That’s one glaring reason why Baltimore owns the worst record in the big leagues (37-90). The Orioles will need a late surge to better the 54-107 ledger of 1989, the low-water mark since the team moved from St. Louis in 1954, and are still a threat to top the franchise mark of 111 defeats, set in 1939 by the Browns.The Orioles went into full rebuilding mode in late July, trading away stars Manny Machado, Zach Britton and Jonathan Schoop. The 32-year-old Davis doesn’t fit into the team’s plan to get younger, but his hefty contract — which does not expire until after the 2022 season — makes him impossible to unload.So, the best the Orioles can hope for is that he ultimately rediscovers his swing.“Chris is a guy that can get going and really do a lot of damage for a club for an extended period of time,” manager Buck Showalter said.The Orioles were a contender when they signed Davis to a $161 million contract in January 2016. Davis was coming off a season in which he hit a major-league leading 47 homers and had totaled 159 long balls and 412 RBIs over the previous four years, helping Baltimore reach the playoffs twice during that span.His batting average dipped from .262 to .221 in 2016 Bryce Harper Jersey , but he had 38 home runs and 84 RBIs during a year in which the Orioles entered the postseason as a wild card.Davis battled an oblique injury last season and hit .215 with 26 home runs in 128 games. He subsequently hit bottom this year: He’s struck out 158 times, gotten only 63 hits and has 15 home runs and 41 RBIs.A pair of two-hit games over his last seven starts, however, provided a small measure of hope that maybe — just maybe — he can shake this extended slump.“I think it’s really taking it one at-bat at a time. Not getting too high or too low,” Davis said. “Not trying to hit a home run, but just going up there and trying to be a hitter.”He hears boos at Camden Yards after every strikeout. Throughout it all, Davis has strived to keep an even keel.“It’s too easy a lot of times to get caught up in the negative and sometimes even to get caught up in the positive and let your guard down,” he said. “For me, I want to finish up strong. I want to work on some things and go into the offseason with a head of steam.”Any momentum would be perceived as a plus.“That’s a big part of it,” Davis said, “just trying to get something going and seeing how long I can make it last.”