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John Henry says Red Sox focused on competitiveness not salary cutting

About that whole Red Sox cutting payroll thing?

Sox principal owner John Henry told the Boston Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy that the team is focused more on being competitive rather than getting under baseball’s luxury tax - a.k.a. competitive balance tax - threshold of $208 million.

“But this focus on CBT [competitive balance tax] resides with the media far more than it does within the Sox,” Henry, who also owns the Globe, wrote to Shaughnessy in an email. “I think every team probably wants to reset at least once every three years — that’s sort of been the history — but just this week…I reminded baseball ops that we are focused on competitiveness over the next 5 years over and above resetting to which they said, ‘That’s exactly how we’ve been approaching it.’

Mind you, this would mean a lot more if there weren’t the sense that Henry could fire CHB if he were to ask any impertinent questions….


QLE Posted: January 12, 2020 at 01:25 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: chb, dollah dollah bills, y'all, john henry, red sox

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   1. Darren Posted: January 12, 2020 at 03:27 PM (#5914937)
See? It was all a big misunderstanding. Win win win.
   2. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: January 12, 2020 at 07:03 PM (#5915007)
Maybe Fenway sports realised their star franchise, the Liverpool FC has a chance at an undefeated season which will bump up revenues and they can partition some of that to pay for their poor cousin's (the Red Sox) overbearing MLB taxes....
   3. Sunday silence Posted: January 12, 2020 at 08:43 PM (#5915019)
Are Red Sox fans really this upset about their team? Hell in PIT we'd kill for this many championships. Just let him do his thing.
   4. Walt Davis Posted: January 12, 2020 at 09:54 PM (#5915034)
Well, not to speak for them (while speaking for them), but Red Sox fans seem upset about (a) rumors their best player Mookie Betts will be traded; (b) no attempt to improve the quality of the team this offseason; (c) made more frustrating watching the Yanks add Gerrit Cole. Pitt fans of course know they are saddled with a team that "can't" afford big names but I hope you folks still get riled by rumors about one of your stars being traded in his prime and when your team makes no attempt to improve over the offseason.
   5. dave h Posted: January 12, 2020 at 11:42 PM (#5915049)
Speaking for myself, it's pretty much 100% A. I'm not judging them in relation to what any other teams do. I just don't want to see them trade their best, most fun, and most popular player. It's probably reason #1 that I haven't bought any tickets so far this year.
   6. SoSH U at work Posted: January 12, 2020 at 11:58 PM (#5915052)
I just don't want to see them trade their best, most fun, and most popular player. It's probably reason #1 that I haven't bought any tickets so far this year.

This. Though in my case I doubt any ticket-buying boycott would get much notice, given the 1,000 miles between me and Fenway.

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