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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Sometimes Red Sox Nation is absolutely crazy. Right now talk radio is absolutely nuts about Beckett right now. Yesterday I heard suggestions that the Sox should dump him by including as much as $25 million in the deal. Such talk is completely ridiculous. Although I can appreciate the concerns about his health, dumping him will accomplish nothing. Read the article for a great take on the Beckett situation.
As more than one major league source noted in recent days, the team is not looking to dump Beckett simply for the sake of doing so. A trade has to be for the betterment of the team, whether in the players received in return or the financial relief afforded by moving him. The team doesn’t feel like it’s under the gun to make a deal right now regardless of the return or offer.
That being the case, the Sox aren’t going to, say, pick up $30 million of his remaining balance with little player return. Doing so would hamstring the club for years to come.
After all, financial transfers to subsidize old contracts count against the team’s payroll as calculated for luxury tax purposes. If the Sox pick up a huge amount of Beckett’s deal and then sign another pitcher in the offseason (for the sake of argument, let’s say the team signs a pitcher like Hiroki Kuroda to the same sort of one-year, $10 million deal he received from the Yankees this past season), it would be a double whammy for luxury tax purposes.
Rather than helping the Sox to get under the luxury tax threshold – an important goal for the team by 2014 – subsidizing a Beckett trade heavily could have the opposite effect of nudging the Sox towards (and perhaps over) the threshold.
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