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Friday, September 14, 2018

Red Sox, Nationals only teams on track to pay MLB’s luxury tax

NEW YORK—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. The Giants were followed by the Chicago Cubs ($183.9 million), Houston Astros ($182.4 million), Los Angeles Dodgers ($181.99 million) and New York Yankees ($178.8 million).

I suspect that some of you will have a lot to say about this, in decidedly dramatic tones…..

QLE Posted: September 14, 2018 at 07:47 AM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: luxury tax, nationals, red sox

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   1. JRVJ Posted: September 14, 2018 at 08:25 AM (#5744186)
This whole salary tax penalty has been one of the biggest Keyzer Soze moves MLB has put past fans.


The BoSox will be paying $9.4 MM luxury tax? How will they ever survive?
   2. villageidiom Posted: September 14, 2018 at 09:00 AM (#5744198)
The BoSox will be paying $9.4 MM luxury tax? How will they ever survive?
They'll survive, at least for this year.

Their upcoming free agents made $44 million this year. However, that includes $13 million by Craig Kimbrel, who I'm pretty sure they either want back or whose replacement would cost a similar amount. And a decent amount of the $44 million - Pearce, Kinsler, Eovaldi - wasn't on the opening day payroll that generates the luxury tax in the first place. So the amount of salary they're dropping is mostly from someone I didn't count in that $44 million because he's not on the roster: Hanley Ramirez.

They have 13 arbitration-eligible players on their 40-man roster. That's a lot. It'll cost a lot. Hell, Mookie alone will cost them a lot.
   3. Nasty Nate Posted: September 14, 2018 at 09:08 AM (#5744202)
in decidedly dramatic tones….
didn't take long
   4. jmurph Posted: September 14, 2018 at 09:34 AM (#5744220)
This whole salary tax penalty has been one of the biggest Keyzer Soze moves MLB has put past fans.
The BoSox will be paying $9.4 MM luxury tax? How will they ever survive?

It's also somehow tricked some portion of fans of all of the richest teams into actively cheering for their teams to keep their payroll down, which was quite the neat trick. "Gotta get under the tax this year!"
   5. McCoy Posted: September 14, 2018 at 09:37 AM (#5744221)
Didn't seem to hurt the Yankees
   6. Benji Gil Gamesh VII - The Opt-Out Awakens Posted: September 14, 2018 at 10:04 AM (#5744247)
It's also somehow tricked some portion of fans of all of the richest teams into actively cheering for their teams to keep their payroll down, which was quite the neat trick. "Gotta get under the tax this year!"
Another reason and way for fans to complain about how much players make? That's the least surprising and tricky trick ever.
   7. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: September 14, 2018 at 10:12 AM (#5744253)
Didn't seem to hurt the Yankees


I feel like I've read somewhere that the Yankees have been horribly and unfairly treated and all the ills that have befallen them this century are due to the Budshovik tactics. It makes sense. As a Red Sox fan I'm outraged at this ridiculous bill. This "Red Sox tax" let's call it is grossly unfair. Woe is me.
   8. Bote Man Posted: September 14, 2018 at 03:35 PM (#5744541)
A few weeks back when the Nationals were in full white-flag mode one beat reporter insisted that Mike Rizzo was correct that he could not calculate the effect that getting rid of those players would have on their Luxury Tax assessment. Said it was too complicated and needed to wait until the end of the year, since it involves factors beyond just salary, which factors I have since forgotten. (It's not my money.)
   9. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: September 14, 2018 at 04:37 PM (#5744591)
Will John Henry publicly apologize to Rob Manfred for going over the tax limit, or does he only do that for he pal Bud?
   10. villageidiom Posted: September 14, 2018 at 07:22 PM (#5744643)
Will John Henry publicly apologize to Rob Manfred for going over the tax limit, or does he only do that for he pal Bud?
Some people root for their favorite team to win. Some people root for a winning team to lose. And others root for public apologies. This sport has something for everyone.
   11. Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: September 14, 2018 at 07:47 PM (#5744650)
Mike Axisa over at RAB is estimating the Yankees final luxury tax payroll to be around 193.5 million.

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