Found January 11, 2012 on Baseball Think Factory:
PLAYERS: John Lackey
TEAMS: Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox luxury tax payroll currently stands at about $130M.  When you add in projected arbitration awards for Ortiz, Ellsbury, Saltalamacchia, Bard, Bailey, and the bench players, that leaves the Red Sox with little to no room remaining under the luxury tax threshold.  As I’ve argued, the Red Sox offseason should be understood as a specifically structured and cleverly executed plan.  They bolstered the rotation by emptying the bullpen, and then they filled the bullpen by trading MLB-ready semi-prospects for young, cheap relievers.  This accomplished two goals.  First, it enabled the club from to avoid the free agent market, thus making the roster younger and preventing another winner’s curse contract.  Second, it kept the club’s payroll under or almost under the luxury tax threshold.  It’s possible that Cherington still has another big acquisition coming up, and owners are planning to pay a bit of tax, but it’s growing more and more likely that Henry and co imposed a strict spen...

Red Sox acquire utility infielder from Colorado

His name's Brad Emaus, and he sounds like your quintessential 4-A type player.  Via WEEI's Alex Speier, Emaus hit big in his last minor-league stint in the Rockies' system, and has hit well (an OPS over .800) in five years of minor-league play. He doesn't appear to tantalize scouts enough to warrant a look at the majors. Speier notes that this is a move for minor...

Red Sox Mailbag: Boston In No Rush to Sign Jacoby Ellsbury to Long-Term Contract

The Red Sox continued to stockpile on veteran pitchers this week, inking Justin Germano and Aaron Cook to minor league contracts. Both hurlers -- along with Carlos Silva -- will have the chance to resurrect their major league careers. Despite those acquisitions, a move to sign established starters Roy Oswalt, Joe Saunders or Hiroki Kuroda could still be on the fringe as well. So...

Report: Longtime Mets Coach Randy Niemann to Join Red Sox Staff as Assistant Pitching Coach

After 24 years with the Mets, Randy Niemann is headed to Boston to join Bobby Valentine's staff. The Red Sox reportedly hired Mets rehab pitching coordinator –– and once the organization's bullpen coach –– to become the team's assistant pitching coach on Tuesday, according to Niemann, 56, will be reunited with Valentine, his boss on the Mets from 1997...

Meet The New Boss

He sure isn't the same as the old boss.My friend and WFAN radio host Ed Randall will be hosting his first annual Red Sox Hot Stove Report with new Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine at Rippowam Middle School in Stamford, Connecticut, which just happens to be the new manager's stomping grounds.It will be an "Inside the Actor's Studio" type of event, in front of...

Win a Date With Heidi Watney & Support Project Cupid

WHAT: Project Cupid will play match maker to raise money for The Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute during its third annual charity date auction at The Estate. Boston’s most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes will strut their stuff to raise funds for cancer care and research. The event will be emceed by image consultant, Emmi Sorokin from It’s a Man’s World, and...

Theo Epstein: 'It's going to be a great year in Boston'

Theo Epstein no longer runs the Red Sox' baseball operations department, but he still keeps a close eye on Fenway...

Red Sox Acquire Brad Emaus

The Red Sox acquired infielder Brad Emaus from the Rockies for a player to be named later or cash considerations, the Rockies announced.

Time for Red Sox to step to the plate

It's getting to be that time when teams such as the Red Sox better hope that their glasses are fit with the right...

Red Sox talking with Vicente Padilla

Earlier today, Francisco Jarquin Soto of El Nuevo Diario reported that right-handed pitcher, Vicente Padilla, took a leave from Nicaragua in order to fly to Boston in order to be checked out by the Red Sox.  However, sources close to Alex Speier of WEEI said that the Sox are just “talking to [Padilla] among others and there is “nothing to report” about the team's interest...

Epstein: Much to celebrate at Cubs Convention

Tells students he believes club can win if everyone pulls togetherAfter talking about Jackie Robinson with grammar school students Thursday at the Citi Kids Cubs program at Wrigley Field, Theo Epstein decided to take questions.

Red Sox Meet With Vicente Padilla

Two days after signing Aaron Cook, the Red Sox are scouting another low-risk righty looking to rebound from injury. Vicente Padilla took leave of his native Nicaraguan winter league yesterday in order to fly to Boston, where he will be checked over today by team doctors, reports Francisco Jarquín Soto at the Nicaraguan paper El Nuevo Diario. Padilla made only nine appearances...

GM may Pad-illarotation again

All along, general manager Ben Cherington outlined the Red Sox' offseason plans by highlighting the search for...
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