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   1. villageidiom Posted: November 21, 2016 at 04:57 PM (#5356400)
How much of the slow free agency approach Boston has had so far is being driven by preference, and how much is driven by the new CBA, with the new luxury tax threshold, still being up in the air?
   2. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: November 21, 2016 at 09:28 PM (#5356555)
That's a good question. I don't think it's an issue because LT is likely to go up and if the Sox aren't going to spend big then the increase shouldn't matter. I think they are just waiting for the relief market to get set.
   3. Meatwad Posted: November 21, 2016 at 10:14 PM (#5356577)
I think the CBA is holding up most of the FA market, there could be a lot of changes to the roster.
   4. Eddie Hart Posted: November 22, 2016 at 08:20 AM (#5356643)
I don't think it's an issue because LT is likely to go up and if the Sox aren't going to spend big then the increase shouldn't matter.


I would think one possibility is that the Sox DO intend to go big, and are sandbagging to keep their competitors guessing. Alternatively, agents are holding their wards back, with the expectation they will get more money after it's announced where the ceiling is.
   5. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: November 22, 2016 at 08:23 AM (#5356645)
I think agents are holding some players back (and Encarnacion definitely fits the bill) to wait until things clear up. If you accept that the Sox truly are going to be on the low end of the FA market I don't think there is any reason for the CBA to hold them back. If anything it's going to be an extra roster spot so signing a Holland or some other reliever isn't a problem.

But I may be wildly wrong.

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