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Remember the Luxury tax? *Edited*

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Remember those days, way back in December, where all the talk about the Red Sox was about staying under the CBT limit of $170,000,000 for the year?  Eventually that all died away, with most people figuring that the Sox wouldn't be able to stay under it in 2010, and assuming they'd just try to not go too far over.  Lackey was signed, Scutaro was signed, Beltre was signed, and we all know they were working on some crafty accounting, but it didn't look possible to stay under.

So, anyone been wondering how they're doing?

I thought it'd be fun, now that the season is under way to have a look at what the team salary is looking like for the year, and just how much they're going over by.  Anyone else think this is fun?

After the jump, I've got all the numbers and calculations I could get my hands on.  I've gott give Cot's Baseball Contracts credit for pretty much all of the contract information, which I deciphered as best I could using what I could figure from the MLBPA.
Go ahead, take a look.

First of all, though, I do have a little disclaimer.  I'm not a lawyer or an accountant.  I don't really know what I'm doing.  There is a lot of incorrect information available online about how to calculate this, so I've read this section of the agreement pretty thoroughly and this is my best understanding.  Some of it could be incorrect, but it's the best I can figure.  I'd love feedback, if anyone spots anything they don't think is correct, let me know and I'll look into it.  Also, some of the formatting didn't come out perfect, so you can download the spreadsheet but clicking on the link before it if you're so inclined.

 

 

CBT End of April

Player AAV Actual 2010 salary Notes, oddities:
John Lackey 16,500,000 18,000,000 $3.5 million signing bonus
J.D. Drew 14,000,000 14,000,000
David Ortiz 13,000,000 12,500,000 $2 million signing bonus
Mike Lowell 12,500,000 12,000,000 $1.5 million signing bonus
Josh Beckett 12,100,000 12,100,000 Extension signed after opening day
Jonathan Papelbon 9,350,000 9,350,000
Kevin Youkilis 10,281,250 9,125,000 $1 million signing bonus
Adrian Beltre 7,000,000 9,000,000 Player option counts as guaranteed money for the sake of the CBT
Bill Hall 6,000,000 8,400,000 Most of the money is paid by Milwaukee, which actually saves the Sox money on the CBT, seen below.  $.5 million signing bonus
Daisuke Matsuzaka 8,666,667 8,000,000 $2 million signing bonus
Mike Cameron 7,750,000 7,250,000 $1 million signing bonus
Victor Martinez 3,300,000 7,700,000 $1 million signing bonus
Marco Scutaro 6,250,000 5,000,000 $1 million signing bonus, player option buyout counts for AAV
Jon Lester 6,000,000 3,750,000
Dustin Pedroia 7,000,000 3,500,000
Tim Wakefield 2,500,000 3,500,000 Bonuses based on starts and IP
Jeremy Hermida 3,345,000 3,345,000
Jason Varitek 4,000,000 3,000,000 Player option counts for AAV.  Bonuses based on starts in 2010
Hideki Okajima 2,750,000 2,750,000
Ramon S. Ramirez 1,155,000 1,155,000
Manny Delcarmen 905,000 905,000
Scott Schoeneweis 800,000 800,000 up to $700,000 in bonuses
Jacoby Ellsbury 496,500 496,500
Clay Buchholz 443,000 443,000
Scott Atchison 430,000 430,000
Daniel Bard 415,500 415,500
Jose Iglesias 2,062,500 562,500 $6 million signing bonus
Junichi Tazawa 1,100,000 500,000 $1.8 million signing bonus
Boof Bonser 650,000 650,000
Jed Lowrie 434,000 434,000
Other credits/deductions:
Alex Gonzalez buyout 500,000 500,000
Julio Lugo 8,850,000 8,850,000
Billy Wagner buyout 1,000,000 1,000,000
Bill Hall money from Milwaukee -7,150,000 -7,150,000 Hall's total AAV for the year works out to -$1,150,000
Player benefits                             10,000,000                                 10,000,000
Total: 174,384,417 172,261,500

 

Now, it is worth mentioning that there are more players on the 40 man than that.  I'm not sure, however, how much they get paid.  If it's league minimum (probably is), the total cost comes to about $4 million.  JUST under the Luxury tax limit.  There will be some shuffling, but they only cost the pro-rated amount for the time they are on the roster, so that shouldn't be a significant difference.  Of course, some trades or other will probably happen, and it will be interesting to see if they do stick to the limit as much as it seems like they are.  As was pointed out to me, they are paid minor league salaries pro-rated to major league minimum for any time they play in the majors.  So they're a pretty insignificant contribution.

Now personally, I don't care if they go over.  Doesn't affect me, it's their money.  I certainly give them enough of mine, though, that I like to see them spend.  I mostly just find it interesting to gauge what limits they're putting on themselves.  As I also said in an earlier post, if they can stay under the limit this year, then they will be able to exceed the limit in 2011 with a much smaller penalty (and then after 2011, the CBT expires, and there will probably be a new system in place anyways).

Originally, I forgot one huge thing, the $10 million in player benefits which each team has to pay (and counts for the luxury tax).  This puts them squarely over.  Looks like there is little to no chance that they will be under for 2010.