If the Red Sox are able to come to an agreement with Mike Napoli, they probably won’t make any significant financial additions to the 2013 roster before spring training starts on Feb. 12.
They need a lefthanded hitting bench player of some sort, probably a first baseman, and maybe a veteran infielder who can compete for a spot on the roster. But beyond that, their team looks fairly set.
So let’s take a look at the financial aspects of how the roster has changed.
SALARY THAT CAME OFF THE BOOKS
Adrian Gonzalez: $21 million (2013 salary)
Carl Crawford: $20 million (2013 salary)
Josh Beckett: $15.75 million (2013 salary)
David Ortiz: $14.575 million (2012 salary)
Kevin Youkilis: $11 million (2012 salary the Red Sox paid)
Daisuke Matsuzaka: $10 million
Cody Ross: $3 million (2012 salary)
Ryan Sweeney: $1.75 million (2012 salary)
Nick Punto: $1.5 million (2013 salary)
Mike Aviles: $1.2 million (2012 salary)
Assorted others (Atchison, Cook, Hill, McDonald, Melancon, Padilla): $5.5 million (2012 salary)
Total off the books: $105.275 million
SALARY ADDED FOR 2013
David Ortiz: $15 million (including signing bonus)
Ryan Dempster: $13.25 million
Mike Napoli: $13 million
Shane Victorino: $13 million
Stephen Drew: $9.5 million
Joel Hanrahan: $6.9 million (estimated given his arbitration status)
Jonny Gomes: $5 million
Koji Uehara: $4.25 million
David Ross: $3.1 million
Total added: $86 million
The difference is roughly $19.275 million. But that money is largely accounted for.
Contract raises due in 2013
Jon Lester: $4 million
Clay Buchholz: $2 million
Dustin Pedroia: $2 million
Total: $8 million
Expected raises for players offered arbitration
Jarrod Saltalamacchia: $1.4 million
Alfredo Aceves: $1.4 million
Franklin Morales: $0.6 million
Craig Breslow: $0.6 million
Andrew Miller: $0.36 million
Jacoby Ellsbury: 0.1 million
Andrew Bailey: $0.1 million
Daniel Bard: 0.1 million
Total: $4.66 million
Total in expected raises: $12.66 million
So, the Red Sox dropped roughly $105.275 and will add roughly $95.66 million. Their payroll will remain pretty much what it was last season, around $176 million. That is just under the $178 million line for paying the competitive balance tax.
You can certainly debate the merits of the players the Red Sox added. But there’s no denying that the money saved in the Dodgers trade was spent, as ownership promised it would be.
It remains to be seen how the Sox proceed in 2014, ’15 and beyond with the money saved by trading Beckett, Crawford and Gonzalez. But based on their actions this winter, there’s no reason to think it won’t be plowed back into the roster.
All the roster turnover — along with the new manager and almost entirely new coaching staff — has to be considered a plus. While no one person is at fault for what has transpired since Sept. of 2011, it was evident that the Sox needed a new cast of characters and they have that.