Re: 2014 Boston Red Sox Payroll currently at $187.5 MM - Only $1.5 MM under the Luxury tax?
posted at 12/7/2013 9:16 AM EST
In response to Teakus' comment:
Beltran is a switch hitting, 3x's gold glove winning, .300/25/100ish hitting stud. Of course you don't get that for free! The only question is does he have anything left...and the answer is a resounding YES. He's also had at least 520 AB's for 3 yrs in a row...aging gracefully I'd say. In Boston he'd have likely torn the cover off the ball and played a solid outfield. It would have been a potent, yet fairly inexpensive way to transition to Bradley. But alas, it is what it is. :(
In response to BosoxJoe5's comment:
In response to Teakus' comment:
Last year was our "hold the line year". Now that we reset we should act like the large market club we are and spend some money! Losing out on Carlos Beltran for a measly 3yrs at 15 per hurt alot. He's still got a lot in the tank and would have done well at Fenway I think. Now, alas, the only true "game changer" left as a FA is Kemp. I HATE his injury prone ways and somewhat arrogant demeanor, but if they'd pay $45 mill on his contract I'd grab him up like a baguette. He'd be a monster in Beantown! But we've just gotta get every damn leprechaun in town to share some luck with us that we can keep him healthy. I say pull the trigger, as he's ours if we want him. And I expect those Yanks are going to charge over their salary cap once again, their protestations notwithstanding. The Cano decision was gutsy, but they'll blow it on pitching and elsewhere to remain in the 50% tax penalty range. Bradley is NOT ready guys. I'm sorry some wish otherwise, but players develope at their own speed, not the teams timeframe. He needs another year in AAA to mature. I say Kemp in Beantown= a good chance to defend our crown. We lack the guns now minus Ellsbury and need to add a stud to replace him.
In response to moonslav59's comment:
2014 Red Sox Player Payroll Budget
(Luxury Tax Dollars)
$ 16.5M Lackey (then 1 year at league min)
$16M Napoli (then 1 year then FA)
$14.5M Peavy (then FA)
$13.25M Dempster (then FA)
$ 13M Ortiz (then FA)
$13M Victorino (to ’15)
$13M Lester (then FA)
$8.25M AJ P (then FA)
$7.5M Buchholz (to ’15, then club options at $13M & $13.5M)
$5M Gomes (then FA)
$4.75M Mujica (to '15, then FA)
$4.25M Uehara (option is vested)
$3.125M Breslow ($4M club option in ’15 w. $0.1M buyout)
$3.1M Ross (then FA)
Sub TOTAL: ~$150M
Estimated Arbitration (2013 salary):
$2.3M Morales 3 of 3 ($1.49M)
$2.2M Miller 3 of 3 ($1.48M)
$2.2M Badenhop 3 of 3 ($1.55M)
$1.7M Tazawa 1 of 3 ($0.82M)
$1.6M Carp 1 of 3 ($0.51M)
Estimated Arb Total: $10M
Estimated Pre-Arb Players' Total: $12M
Total Estimated 2014 Red Sox Payroll Budget:$172M
Add the player pension fee of about $11M and the $3.9M payment to the Dodgers...
Total Luxury Limit Budget for 2014: $187M
This leaves about $2M to spend and still be below the limit.
Three years for Beltran is not measly that is a lot. They need a CFer not a DH part time corner outfielder. Also the Yankees are about 10 Mil under 189 so the Red Sox are currently the second highest payroll in baseball.
They NEED a RHH CF'er to go with JBJ. Beltran is obviously a good player, but guys at his age drop off the map rather quickly. If he gets an injury, it takes longer to come back. Naps was the protection for Papi and filled a need at the same time. With that deal, Beltran isnt needed now, he would be a luxury.
This team has spent right up to the cap almost every year, so I think they have been acting like a large market team for years.