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Epstein and Red Sox preparing to be offseason's biggest spenders

Nov 10, 2009, 2:13 PM EDT

Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe did some inferring based on a few Theo Epstein statements and came to the conclusion that the Red Sox may be preparing to spend a whole bunch of money this offseason
Epstein mentioned to Abraham that part of the motivation for restructuring Tim Wakefield’s contract yesterday was to save $1.5 million under the competitive balance tax. As the general manager put it: “That’s important because there are some things we want to do this winter and we don’t have a ton of room under the CBT.”
That statement seems fairly innocuous until you realize that the CTB threshold for 2010 is $170 million. Not only was the Red Sox’s payroll this year “only” $125 million, Abraham did some math on likely arbitration raises for Jonathan Papelbon, Jeremy Hermida, Hideki Okajima, and Ramon Ramirez, and came to the conclusion that they’ll have about $109 million committed for next season before doing anything via free agency.
Here’s more from Abraham:

Let’s say they sign Jason Bay for $18 million. So now they’re at $127 million. Where is that extra $43 million coming from that Theo seemed concerned about? Are the Red Sox leaving room for Roy Halladay and some other superstar? This is total conjecture, of course, and perhaps Epstein was just musing out loud. But perhaps that was a clue that the Sox are, if nothing else, giving themselves the option to make a huge splash.

Last offseason the Yankees were the biggest of big spenders, but this time around it looks like the Red Sox are positioning themselves to do some serious shopping.

  1. Andrew - Nov 10, 2009 at 10:51 PM

    Boston fans are a bunch of “Holier Than Thou” morons with a major inferiority complex.

  2. Andrew - Nov 10, 2009 at 10:53 PM

    I mean these Boston fans chant “Yankees Suck” during the seventh inning of games that the Yankees aren’t even involved in. They also chant “Yankees Suck” at Patriot games. What a bunch of neurotic losers.

  3. Shja17 - Nov 10, 2009 at 10:57 PM

    sorry a88 BOSUCK fans after 80 years and two dumba88 championship that did not even had any ratings you are making noise …. flack off losers

  4. Jay - Nov 10, 2009 at 11:26 PM

    Boston should’ve opened their wallets last year when CC and Tex was available. Too little too late this year…
    Enjoy watching the Yankees repeat in 2010 .. and then sign Mauer to replace Posada. HAHAHAHA

  5. Haz - Nov 11, 2009 at 6:57 AM

    Looks like someone’s wants to buy a championship!!!

  6. CommonNow - Nov 11, 2009 at 9:04 AM

    Interesting post – nothing to do with the article and everything to do with Skanks versus BoSux.
    Did anyone see the “celebration” by the skanks? What a crock – bunch of individuals playing for their own stats. They were running around in circles trying to find someone they could pretend was a friend to hug. There is no team there, just $. Nothing any kid should be taught to emulate.
    As for the Bosux – again Theo has the nation wrapped around his little thingy… He will produce a team which could win about 94 games, and maybe slide into the wild card. The nation will continue blindly payign his salry by buying tickets and swag. There are not plans to create a championship team.

  7. Old Gator - Nov 11, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    I consider myself second to no one in my contempt for the Feesh ownership, exceeded only perhaps by my contempt for the kind of reflex corruption that is spending millions of dollars of public on a stadium that no one north of Hallandale will attend (assuming you had the patience to sit on the NW 27th Avenue off-ramps from the Dolphin for three hours waiting to get to it in the first place). As I mentioned in another post here someplace, I didn’t go to any games last season and probably won’t go to any next season either absent some real evidence these people plan to pay the fans or their players any respect whatsoever – and that includes hanging on to the worst tactical strategist since Admiral Stark in Fat Freddy.
    Hermida’s versatility is all well and good, except that he’s been de-proving instead of improving in every offensive category, even allowing for his occasional injuries. He still doesn’t drive in crucial runs, swings at pitches passing by in an alternate universe, and covers the outfield as if he were running on caterpillar treads. I hope the Beanbags can find some way to disinter all that “potential” Hermida was supposed to have, but I would also point out that Beckett, Lowell et al were significantly better players than Hermida before the Sox got their hands on them.

  8. Borg - Nov 11, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Any team that tries to win a Championship these days will have to buy a Championship. If the Cardinals want it, they need to give Holliday a large check. If the Dodgers want in, the need a #1 starter, which, as proved by the C.C. signing (no matter who signed him), don’t come cheap.
    Of course Boston is trying to buy a Championship; it’s the way modern baseball is.
    Also, any team that has won it since 1989 or so has had dirty players, including this year. Just because an addict says they used in the past doesn’t mean they’re clean now. Every title for the last two decades is tarnished. All of them.

  9. Venetta Froeliger - Feb 13, 2010 at 6:08 PM

    I saw this really great post today, found it on yahoo. i think i may return some time.

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