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I’ll try to keep this updated all year

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With the offseason starting in full-swing today, a new clock is set on the Red Sox payroll. The team was one of just two to exceed the luxury tax threshold in 2018 (along with the Nationals) and were the only team to go at least $40 million over that threshold. That means their top draft slot will fall ten spots in next summers amateur draft. Given the results of the season, I’d say it’s worth it.

Anyway, they have some money coming off the books for now, and while it’s nearly impossible to see them getting below the luxury tax they could stay below the highest threshold. In order to track this all year, I have a table below that I stole from our friends over at True Blue LA. First, a few notes on the table. Arbitration numbers are coming from MLB Trade Rumors’ projected arbitration figures. They’ve proven to be the best in the business at this, so this gives the most accurate reflection of these salaries. Additionally, pre-arbitration salaries are currently set for last year’s salaries. I will update both arbitration and pre-arbitration salaries when those figures are released. All told, I have the Red Sox having about $28 million to play with in order to stay under the highest threshold.

Red Sox Payroll Tracker

Pos Player Service Options Remaining 2019 Salary 2019 CBT Free Agent Notes
Pos Player Service Options Remaining 2019 Salary 2019 CBT Free Agent Notes
RHP Matt Barnes 3.110 2 $1,600,000 $1,600,000 After 2021
LF Andrew Benintendi 2.062 3 $717,500 $717,500 After 2022
RF Mookie Betts 4.070 2 $20,000,000 $20,000,000 After 2020
SS Xander Bogaerts 5.042 n/a $12,000,000 $12,000,000 After 2019 Signed 6/$120M extension starting in 2020
CF Jackie Bradley Jr. 4.150 1 $8,550,000 $8,550,000 After 2020
RHP Ryan Brasier 1.126 1 $555,000 $555,000 After 2022
RHP Colten Brewer 0.064 2 $555,000 $555,000 After 2024
3B Michael Chavis 0.000 3 $555,000 $555,000 After 2024
1B Joey Curletta 0.000 3 $555,000 $555,000 After 2024
3B Rafael Devers 1.070 3 $614,500 $614,500 After 2023
RHP Nathan Eovaldi 7.013 n/a $16,875,000 $16,875,000 After 2022
RHP Heath Hembree 3.106 0 $1,312,500 $1,312,500 After 2021
LHP Darwinzon Hernandez 0.000 3 $555,000 $555,000 After 2024
2B Marco Hernandez 2.105 2 $555,000 $555,000 After 2022
UT Brock Holt 5.052 n/a $3,575,000 $3,575,000 After 2019
LHP Brian Johnson 1.043 0 $555,000 $555,000 After 2023
RHP Travis Lakins 0.000 3 $555,000 $555,000 After 2024
C Sandy León 4.419 0 $2,475,000 $2,475,000 After 2020
UT Tzu-Wei Lin 0.135 1 $555,000 $555,000 After 2023
OF/DH J.D. Martinez 7.036 n/a $23,750,000 $21,990,000 After 2022 Opt-out after 2019, 2020 and 2021
1B Mitch Moreland 8.067 n/a $6,500,000 $6,500,000 After 2019
IF Eduardo Núñez 7.090 n/a $5,000,000 $5,000,000 After 2019
1B Steve Pearce 9.116 n/a $6,250,000 $6,250,000 After 2019
2B Dustin Pedroia 12.041 n/a $15,000,000 $14,166,666 After 2021
RHP Rick Porcello 9.170 n/a $21,150,000 $20,625,000 After 2019
LHP Bobby Poyner 0.077 2 $555,000 $555,000 After 2023
LHP David Price 9.164 n/a $31,000,000 $31,000,000 After 2022
RHP Denyi Reyes 0.000 3 $555,000 $555,000 After 2024
LHP Eduardo Rodriguez 3.130 2 $4,300,000 $4,300,000 After 2021
LHP Chris Sale 8.061 n/a $15,000,000 $15,000,000 After 2019 Signed 5/$145M extension starting in 2020
RHP Chandler Shepherd 0.000 2 $555,000 $555,000 After 2023
RHP Josh A. Smith 1.087 1 $555,000 $555,000 After 2023
LHP Josh Taylor 0.000 3 $555,000 $555,000 After 2024
RHP Tyler Thornburg 5.057 n/a $1,750,000 $1,750,000 After 2019
1B/LF Sam Travis 0.119 1 $555,000 $555,000 After 2023
C Christian Vazquez 4.031 0 $2,850,000 $4,516,666 After 2022 Team option after 2021
RHP Hector Velazquez 1.048 2 $555,000 $555,000 After 2023
RHP Ryan Weber 1.063 2 $555,000 $555,000 After 2023
RHP Marcus Walden 0.025 2 $555,000 $555,000 After 2023
RHP Brandon Workman 4.051 1 $1,150,000 $1,150,000 After 2020
RHP Steven Wright 4.087 0 $1,375,000 $1,375,000 After 2020
3B Pablo Sandoval 10.042 n/a $18,455,000 $18,455,000
RHP Erasmo Ramírez 5.158 n/a $175,000 $175,000
Player Benefits $14,500,000
Total $231,414,500 $244,462,832

If you notice any errors on this at any time, please let me know in the comments. This page will be pinned below the main cover all year.

November 16, 2018: Steve Pearce signs one-year, $6.25 million deal

The Red Sox made their first move of the 2018-2019 offseason on November 16, bringing back World Series MVP Steve Pearce on a one-year deal.

November 20, 2018: William Cuevas released

William Cuevas was released off the 40-man roster to take a contract to play for KT Wiz of the KBO.

November 20, 2018: Austin Maddox outrighted off the 40-man roster

Austin Maddox was outrighted off the 40-man roster ahead of the Rule 5 protection deadline.

November 20, 2018: Michael Chavis, Travis Lakins, Darwinzon Hernandez, Josh Taylor and Denyi Reyes added to the 40-man roster

Michael Chavis, Travis Lakins, Darwinzon Hernandez, Josh Taylor and Denyi Reyes were added to the 40-man roster to protect them from the Rule 5 draft

November 20, 2018: Colten Brewer acquired in trade

Colten Brewer was acquired in a trade with the Padres in exchange for minor-league second baseman Esteban Quiroz.

November 30, 2018: Tyler Thornburg avoids arbitration

Tyler Thornburg and the Red Sox agreed to a one-year, $1.75 million contract to avoid arbitration.

December 5, 2018: Nathan Eovaldi signs four-year, $67.5 million deal

Nathan Eovaldi agreed to re-sign with the Red Sox on a four-year, $67.5 million contract.

December 10, 2018: Robby Scott claimed off waivers by Reds

Robby Scott was claimed off waivers by the Reds, bringing the Red Sox 40-man roster down to 39.

December 21, 2018: Heath Hembree avoids arbitration

Heath Hembree and the Red Sox agreed to a one-year, $1,312,500 contract to avoid arbitration.

January 10, 2019: Steven Wright avoids arbitration

Steven Wright and the Red Sox agreed to a one-year, $1.375 million contract to avoid arbitration.

January 11, 2019: Red Sox avoid arbitration with ten players

Red Sox agree to one-year deals to avoid arbitration with ten players.

March 2, 2019: Red Sox agree to term with pre-arbitration players

The Red Sox agreed to terms with 17 pre-arbitration players. The only terms released were Andrew Benintendi ($717,500) and Rafael Devers ($614,500).

March 6, 2019: Steven Wright suspended 80 games for positive PED test

Steven Wright tested positive for a PED, putting him on the restricted list for 80 games and taking him off the 40-man roster for that time.

March 18, 2019: Dustin Pedroia to start the year on the IL

Dustin Pedroia will start the season on the IL. There is no timetable on his return.

March 22, 2019: Chris Sale signs five-year, $145 million extension

Chris Sale and the Red Sox agreed on a five-year, $145 million extension beginning in 2020. It has no bearing on the 2019 Luxury Tax calculation.

March 24, 2019: Sandy León placed on waivers

The Red Sox placed Sandy León on waivers, giving teams three days to put in a claim for León and his entire 2019 salary.

March 26, 2019: Sandy León clears waivers; outrighted to Pawtucket

Sandy León cleared waivers and the Red Sox outrighted him to Pawtucket. He accepted the assignment two days later.

March 31, 2019: Xander Bogaerts signs six-year, $120 million extension

Xander Bogaerts and the Red Sox agreed to a six-year, $120 million extension beginning in 2020. It has no bearing on the 2019 Luxury Tax calculation.

April 4, 2019: Steve Pearce activated from the injured list

Steve Pearce is activated from the injured list after a seven-game absence. Sam Travis has been optioned to Pawtucket.

April 6, 2019: Brock Holt and Brian Johnson placed on injured list. Tzu-Wei Lin and Marcus Walden re-called

Brock Holt (scratched cornea) and Brian Johnson (elbow inflammation) were both placed on the 10-day injured list. Tzu-Wei Lin and Marcus Walden were re-called from Pawtucket.

April 9, 2019: Dustin Pedroia activated from injured list. Tzu-Wei Lin optioned to Pawtucket

Dustin Pedroia was activated from the injured list following an 11-game absence. Tzu-Wei Lin was optioned to make room just three days after being called up.

April 15, 2019: Marcus Walden optioned to Pawtucket

Marcus Walden was optioned after spending nine days in the majors. The corresponding move wasn’t immediately announced.

April 16, 2019: Blake Swihart is designated for assignment

Blake Swihart designated for assignment. I’m holding off on updating the payroll table until we find out if he has been claimed.

April 16, 2019: Sandy León, Erasmo Ramírez selected from Pawtucket

Sandy León and Erasmo Ramírez were added to the 40-man roster and called up to Boston. León is the corresponding move for the Swihart DFA; Ramírez for the Marcus Walden option.

April 18, 2019: Dustin Pedroia placed on the injured list. Marcus Walden re-called from Pawtucket

Dustin Pedroia was placed back on the injured list after hearing a pop in his knee. Marcus Walden was re-called from Pawtucket.

April 19, 2019: Eduardo Núñez placed on injured list. Erasmo Ramírez designated for assignment. Michael Chavis and Tzu-Wei Lin called up from Pawtucket

Eduardo Núñez was placed on the injured list and Erasmo Ramírez was designated for assignment three days after being called up. Michael Chavis and Tzu-Wei Lin were added to the active roster.

April 19, 2019: Blake Swihart traded to Diamondbacks for outfielder Marcus Wilson

Blake Swihart was traded to Arizona along with international pool money for Marcus Wilson. Wilson was assigned to Double-A Portland.

April 20, 2019: Nathan Eovaldi placed on injured list. Bobby Poyner re-called

Nathan Eovaldi was placed on the injured list with a loose body in his throwing elbow. Bobby Poyner was re-called from Pawtucket.

April 23, 2019: Darwinzon Hernandez and Travis Lakins called up to active roster. Bobby Poyner optioned to Pawtucket

Darwinzon Hernandez was called up as the 26th man for the April 23 doubleheader. Between games, Bobby Poyner was optioned to Pawtucket three days after coming up and Travis Lakins was called up. Hernandez was optioned back to Portland after the game.

April 26, 2019: Josh Smith selected from Pawtucket. Travis Lakins optioned to Pawtucket

Josh Smith was selected from Pawtucket and added to the 40-man roster. Travis Lakins was demoted to Pawtucket three days after his call-up.

May 4, 2019: Eduardo Núñez activated off injured list. Tzu-Wei Lin placed on the injured list

Eduardo Núñez was activated off the 10-day injured list after a 15-day absence. Tzu-Wei Lin was placed on the injured list with a knee injury.

May 4, 2019: Joey Curletta claimed off waivers from Seattle

Minor-league first baseman Joey Curletta was claimed off waivers from the Mariners. He is added to the 40-man roster.

May 6, 2019: David Price placed on 10-day injured list. Ryan Weber selected from Pawtucket

David Price was placed on the 10-day injured list with an elbow injury. Ryan Weber was selected from Pawtucket. The 40-man roster is now full.

May 17, 2019: Sandy León placed on Paternity List. Óscar Hernández selected from Pawtucket. Chandler Shepherd designated for assignment

Sandy León was placed on the paternity leave list for three days. Óscar Hernández was selected from Pawtucket. To make room on the 40-man roster, Chandler Shepherd was designated for assignment.

May 19, 2019: Chandler Shepherd claimed by Cubs

Chandler Shepherd was claimed off waivers by the Cubs.

May 20, 2019: David Price returned from IL. Sandy León returned from paternity list. Josh Smith optioned. Óscar Hernández optioned

David Price returned from the injured list after a 14-day absence. Sandy León returned from the paternity list after a three-day absence. Josh Smith and Óscar Hernández were optioned to make room on the active roster.

May 24, 2019: Tyler Thornburg was placed on the 10-day injured list. Travis Lakins re-called from Pawtucket

Tyler Thornburg was placed on the 10-day IL with a right hip impingement. Travis Lakins was recalled for his second major-league stint of the season.

May 26, 2019: Darwinzon Hernandez re-called from Portland. Colten Brewer optioned to Pawtucket

Darwinzon Hernandez was called up from Portland for his second major-league stint of the season. Colten Brewer was optioned to Pawtucket after spending the entire season to this point on the active roster.

May 27, 2019: Dustin Pedroia transferred to the 60-day injured list.

Dustin Pedroia was transferred to the 60-day injured list, clearing a spot on the 40-man roster.

May 27, 2019: Brock Holt returns from injured list. Darwinzon Hernandez optioned to Portland

Brock Holt returned from the IL after a 51-day absence. Darwinzon Hernandez was optioned back to Portland a day after he was called up.

May 29, 2019: Mitch Moreland placed on the 10-day injured list. Travis Lakins optioned. Josh Taylor, Colten Brewer re-called from Pawtucket.

Mitch Moreland was placed on the 10-day injured list with a lower back strain. Travis Lakins was optioned to Pawtucket five days after being re-called. Josh Taylor was re-called for his first major-league stint of the season. Colten Brewer was re-called for his second stint, three days after being optioned.

May 30, 2019: Hector Velázquez placed on the 10-day injured list. Mike Shawaryn selected from Pawtucket.

Hector Velázquez was placed on the 10-day injured list with a lower back strain. Mike Shawaryn was selected from Pawtucket, taking the empty 40-man roster spot.

June 1, 2019: Steve Pearce placed on the 10-day injured list. Sam Travis re-called from Pawtucket

Steve Pearce was placed on the 10-day injured list with a lower back strain. Sam Travis was re-called from Pawtucket for his second major-league stint of the season.

June 7, 2019: Mitch Moreland reinstated off injured list. Ryan Weber optioned to Pawtucket.

Mitch Moreland was reinstated off the 10-day injured list after a 12-game absence. Ryan Weber was optioned back to Pawtucket after 32 days on the active roster.