April 21, 2021

Owner John Henry: Red Sox Are “Focused On Competitiveness…Over And Above Resetting” Luxury Tax Payment (MLB Trade Rumors)


Payroll concerns have been the prominent storyline of the Red Sox offseason, especially given the team’s relative lack of major moves.  There has been much more attention paid to the club’s apparent attempts to trade such high-salaried players as David Price, Nathan Eovaldi, Jackie Bradley Jr., or perhaps even Mookie Betts in order to avoid surpassing the Competitive Balance Tax threshold for the third consecutive season, based on comments made by Red Sox principal owner John Henry last September.

During a season wrap-up press conference, Henry said “This year we need to be under the CBT.  That is something we’ve known for more than a year now.”  This statement was already partially walked back by team CEO Sam Kennedy a few days later, as Kennedy said that avoiding a luxury tax penalty was “goal but not a mandate” for the coming season.

Henry further discussed the team’s financial direction in a recent e-mail exchange with Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe.  This past week,…



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