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Red Sox GM: “I wouldn’t expect any major moves” this week

Feb 13, 2012, 1:20 PM EST

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By settling with David Ortiz moments before their arbitration hearing the Red Sox potentially saved $1.75 million compared to his requested salary, but general manager Ben Cherington said afterward that the savings likely won’t lead to another move before the start of spring training.

“I wouldn’t expect any major moves between now and Sunday,” Cherington told Rob Bradford of WEEI.com. “We’re still working on some stuff. Certainly the spring training roster is mostly what it’s going to be.”

That wording certainly doesn’t rule out a signing or trade in the middle of spring training, but Bradford reports that “there’s still no traction” between the Red Sox and Roy Oswalt.

  1. proudlycanadian - Feb 13, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    As a result of the CBA, the Red Sox have a salary cap (AKA luxury tax) problem. Their budget does not have room for expensive signings.

  2. uyf1950 - Feb 13, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    I guess “By settling with David Ortiz moments before their arbitration hearing the Red Sox potentially saved $1.75 million compared to his requested salary”. That’s one way to look at it

    Then there is “by settling with David Ortiz moments before their arbitration hearing the Red Sox potentially COST themselves $1.925 million compared to their submitted salary”.

    If they are entertaining signing Oswalt that would likely put the Red Sox 2012 Payroll for MLB Luxury Tax purposes at about $190MM +/-. That would put their Luxury Tax bill at about $5MM when it’s time to pay MLB. The only time the Red Sox had a higher Luxury Tax bill was in 2007 when they sent MLB a check for $6.06MM

    • Francisco (FC) - Feb 13, 2012 at 2:05 PM

      The only time the Red Sox had a higher Luxury Tax bill was in 2007 when they sent MLB a check for $6.06MM

      I’m sure the Red Sox thought it was worth it.

      • uyf1950 - Feb 13, 2012 at 2:14 PM

        I’m sure they did. But will they think it’s worth it this year, that’s the big question they have to answer.

  3. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 13, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Oswalt doesn’t want to play there anyway. He wants to play where he wants for what he wants, even though he’s the only person who wants that.

    • bloodysock - Feb 13, 2012 at 2:04 PM

      Perhaps he’ll team up with Canseco. Cancun is a little closer to his home in Mississippi than Boston.

  4. hammyofdoom - Feb 13, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    You know, I’m in a position to give Roy Oswalt grief for taking a long time to choose where him home will be for half a year, but seriously its ticking me off as a baseball fan that he’s dragging this out the way he is. If another team pops up then it might have been worth it, but the story thus far has been “Sox have need, Oswalt doesn’t want to be there” versus “Cardinals don’t have need, Oswalt wants to pitch there”. With pitchers and catchers starting to show up right about nowish, it’d really behoove him and either club that he chooses where he goes. I want him to go to the Sox, but more than anything I just kind of want this whole thing to go away.

  5. 13yrsmlbvet - Feb 13, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    Maybe the last major announcement will be Cherington coming out of the closet. Seriously.

  6. RickyB - Feb 13, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    Instead of, “Expect the unexpected!” Cherington is going with, “Unexpect the expected!”

  7. 9teddyballgame - Feb 13, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    go away Roy. I would love to see this arrogant sob end up without a team or a fat payday. but some greedier owner will come to his rescue. the problem then becomes the fans of his new team. when he gets injured or underperforms. when will owners wake up and stop paying athletes who hold them up?

  8. bigleagues - Feb 14, 2012 at 3:33 AM

    I know this sounds rather crazy at the moment . . . but no one should be surprised if the Red Sox 2012 Opening Day Rotation looks like this:

    Lester
    Beckett
    Garza
    Buchholz
    Oswalt

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