Red Sox and Nationals only teams on track to pay luxury tax

Boston's payroll at the start of the season for purposes of the tax was $233.9 million.

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Dave Dombrowski spent quite a bit of time talking to Alex Cora. –Jim Davis/Globe staff

NEW YORK (AP) — The Boston Red Sox and Washington Nationals are the only teams on track to pay baseball’s luxury tax this year, according to opening-day payroll totals compiled by Major League Baseball and obtained by The Associated Press.

Boston’s payroll at the start of the season for purposes of the tax was $233.9 million, which would cause the Red Sox to pay a $9.4 million tax. Washington’s payroll was $201 million, which would result in a tax of $1.2 million.

San Francisco was just below the $197 million tax threshold at $196.66 million. That’s followed by the Chicago Cubs at $183.9 million, Houston at $182.4 million, the Los Angeles Dodgers at $181.99 million and the New York Yankees at $178.8 million.