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The Boston Red Sox Payroll In 2014 + Contracts Going Forward

Dustin Pedroia is an example of how to handle your own talent as far as payment.  He was signed from 2009 - 2015 , which is 7 YRs/$55 MIL, and then they extended him from 2016 - 2021 (6 YRs/$85 MIL).  Being a bit of a bargain on a yearly basis, this natural leader - and former MVP, has given the franchise money flexibility for every year during the duration of his deal.

Dustin Pedroia is an example of how to handle your own talent as far as payment. He was signed from 2009 – 2015 , which is 7 YRs/$55 MIL, and then they extended him from 2016 – 2021 (6 YRs/$85 MIL). Being a bit of a bargain on a yearly basis, this natural leader – and former MVP, has given the franchise money flexibility for every year during the duration of his deal.  The now 30 Year Old, has a Career 3 Slash of .302/.370/.823.  His numbers are great for his 162 game average, with 104 Runs Scored and 194 Hits.  Pedroia is pesky with his 46 Doubles, 16 HRs per year.

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner): & Jeff Kleiner (Org. Depth Chart Expert)

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The Boston Red Sox pulled of a major “Hoodini Act” by freeing themselves of the long term contracts of Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez and Josh Beckett in an Aug, 2012 trade.

The club used the dollars saved to reel in Mike Napoli, Stephen Drew, Shane Victorino and Jonny Gomes in 2013.  All of these guys were massive contributors to the 2013 World Series team.

The Beantowners still live and die by their Starting Pitching.  Jon Lester and unpredicted Jon Lackey had renaissance campaigns – while Clay Buchholz cobbled enough health together for a 12 – 1, 1.74 ERA season.

Replicating their championship season will be tougher in 2014.

David Ortiz Highlights

Jon Lester is one of 9 players on the Red Sox roster that is in a walk year of his contract.  The LHP is also one of 9 players that make north of $10 MIL on the ballclub.  Lester went 15 - 9, with a 3.75 ERA in 2013, as oppose to a 9 - 14 mark in 2012, with a 4.82 ERA.  If the 30 Year Old can have an ace like pitching season, he will be one of the top Starting Pitchers on the open market of Free Agency after next year.  Lester will make $13 MIL in 2014.

Jon Lester is one of 9 players on the Red Sox roster that is in a walk year of his contract. The LHP is also one of 9 players that make north of $10 MIL on the ballclub. Lester went 15 – 9, with a 3.75 ERA in 2013, as oppose to a 9 – 14 mark in 2012, with a 4.82 ERA. If the 30 Year Old can have an ace like pitching season, he will be one of the top Starting Pitchers on the open market of Free Agency after next year. Lester will make $13 MIL in 2014.

First off, there has not been a repeat champion since the 1998 – 2000 Yankees 3 – peated.

What is great about this organization is the flexibility the club has from year to year.

The Red Sox have 9 guys making $10+ MIL or more, but the highest guy on the totem pole is Napoli.

The total team salary is roughly $162 MIL right now, however the club could hover around the $189 Luxury Tax Threshold by it is all said and done.

The club could still sign SS Stephen Drew for about $10 MIL.

David Ortiz has been the quintessential DH in the AL over the last 11 years.  Boston is in contention perennially because he put up great #s compared to his competition.  With all of the teams imploring several employees to scouting staffs - trying to find advantages to bring to Major League Lineups - why aren't teams focusing on the DH position more.  Ortiz has been a full time DH since joining the Red Sox, and has been instrumental in the club bringing home 3 World Series Titles.  In fact, the only time the team has struggled in the last decade, was if "Big Papi" is hurt or struggling.  Ortiz has one year left on his contract at $14 MIL, which is an absolute bargain for the kind of production he has put forth.

David Ortiz has been the quintessential DH in the AL over the last 11 years. Boston is in contention perennially because he put up great #s compared to his competition. With all of the teams imploring several employees to scouting staffs – trying to find advantages to bring to Major League Lineups – why aren’t teams focusing on the DH position more? Ortiz has been a full time DH since joining the Red Sox, and has been instrumental in the club bringing home 3 World Series Titles. In fact, the only time the team has struggled in the last decade, was if “Big Papi” is hurt or struggling. Ortiz has one year left on his contract at $15 MIL, which is an absolute bargain for the kind of production he put forth in 2013 (.309/.395/.959 – with 30 HRs and 103 RBI, among his 70 XBH and 84 Runs Scored in 518 AB).

If you think about it, Boston is in a great position.  With $27 MIL before reaching the penalty range, they could also wait to make some mid season deals.

John Farrell could roll with Xander Bogaerts at SS and Will Middlebrooks at 3B, with Jackie Bradley JR. in CF, to keep the salary down.

If 2 of those 3 guys can pan out, this organization may definitely be huge players at the 2014 Trade Deadline.

Dustin Pedroia‘s deal is less than he may have received on the open market, but he is smart in one regard.  This franchise will always have nice room for other players.

There are 9 guys on the last year of their deals: Jon LesterA.J. Pierzynski, Jake Peavy, David Ortiz, Jonny Gomes, David Ross, Ryan Dempster, Koji Uehara.

This should make for lots of guys playing hard for new deals.  Since all of those guys are 30+ anyway, the club may go younger with replacing them in 2015.

I project Ortiz to stay if he remains in the Majors, and maybe Lester will stick around, but it is not the new mantra of the Red Sox management to overpay.

Player Contracts from 2014 – 2018

Player 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Mike Napoli 16,000,000 16,000,000 UFA
John Lackey 15,950,000 15,250,000 UFA
David Ortiz 15,500,000 UFA
Jake Peavy 14,500,000 UFA
Ryan Dempster 13,250,000 UFA
Shane Victorino 13,000,000 13,000,000 UFA
Dustin Pedroia 12,625,000 12,625,000 13,125,000 15,125,000 16,125,000
A.J. Pierzynski 8,250,000 UFA
Clay Buchholz 7,950,000 12,000,000 13,000,000 13,500,000 UFA
Jonny Gomes 5,000,000 UFA
Edward Mujica 4,750,000 4,750,000 UFA
Koji Uehara 4,250,000 UFA
Craig Breslow 3,825,000 4,000,000 UFA
David Ross 3,100,000 UFA
Burke Badenhop 2,150,000 UFA
Mike Carp 1,400,000 ARB ARB
Jonathan Herrera 1,300,000 ARB
Junichi Tazawa 1,275,000 ARB ARB
Josh Beckett (Dead $) 1,250,000
Matt Thornton (Dead $) 1,000,000
Carl Crawford (Dead $) 857,000 857,000 857,000 857,000
Adrian Gonzalez (Dead$) 857,000 857,000 857,000 857,000
Grady Sizemore 750,000 UFA
Brock Holt
Daniel Nava ARB ARB ARB UFA
Joel Hanrahan UFA
Andrew Miller ARB UFA
Stephen Drew UFA
Felix Doubront ARB ARB ARB UFA
Will Middlebrooks
Rubby De La Rosa ARB ARB ARB UFA
Jon Lester 13000000 UFA
Alex Wilson
Ryan Lavarnway
Jackie Bradley JR.
Andrew Bailey UFA
Ryan Kalish UFA ARB ARB ARB
Xander Bogaerts ARB ARB
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The Red Sox took home their 3rd World Series in the last decade in 2013.  As of right now, their payroll is $162 MIL.  They have serious competition in the AL East, with the Yankees (who have spent $503 MIL this winter) and the Rays - who have kept Price so far.  Boston has great flexibility in contracts from year to year, and are not locked in any deals in the 9 figure range.

The Red Sox took home their 3rd World Series in the last decade in 2013. As of right now, their payroll is $162 MIL. They have serious competition in the AL East, with the Yankees (who have spent $503 MIL this winter) and the Rays – who have kept Price so far. Boston has great flexibility in contracts from year to year, and are not locked in any deals in the 9 figure range.  Ben Cherington and the Red Sox management have done an incredible job of coordinating the payroll.

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I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker . In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at https://mlbreports.com/183in2015/229sked2015/

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