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A look at the 2012-2013 offseason

If you think the front office is making your life rough with their budget this year, next year will be no picnic either. Making some conservative assumptions, next offseason will be as rough as 2011-2012.

For this roster we'll assume: David Ortiz, Bobby Jenks, Dice-K, Cody Ross, Kelly Shoppach, Andrew Miller, Darnell McDonald and Cody Ross are not retained, Kevin Youkilis has his option picked up and becomes the DH and backup 1b/3b, the left side of the infield is taken over by rookies WMB and Iglesias, Bard is the #4 starter, Lackey returns as the #5 starter and the bullpen does not get blown up by injury/ineffectiveness/trade. These are not to be taken as predictions but as the natural flow of things if the front office stands by and does nothing.

Projected team for 2013 using only players under contract:

LF Crawford $20.8 mil

CF Ells $11 mil (projected as arb3)

RF Kalish (min)

1b A-Gon $21.8 mil

2b Pedey $10.25 mil

3b Middlebrooks (min)

SS Jose $2.06 mil

C Salty $4.25 (projected as arb3)

Bench/DH:

DH/1b/3b Youk $12 mil

INF Aviles $3 mil (projected arb2)

INF Punto $1.5 mil

C/DH Lavarnway (min)

OF Sweeney $3 mil (projected arb3)

SP1 Lester $11.63 mil

SP2 Beckett $17 mil

SP3 Clay $5.75

SP4 Bard $3 mil (projected arb2)

SP5 Lackey $15.9 mil

Cl Bailey $5.25 (projected arb2)

SU Melancon $1 mil (projected arb1)

SM Aceves $2.2 mil (projected arb3)

MR Albers $2 mil (projected arb3)

LR Tazawa $800,000 (projected arb1)

LH Morales $1 mil

LH Doubront (min)

This totals $167.8 million without being adjusted for AAV for luxury tax purposes (which by the way is $178 mil for 2013). Also keep in mind the approximate value of benefits/medical/40-man is $11 mil.

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