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08:18 AM ET 01.01 | So much for the gobs of money saved from jettisoning the very heavy salaries of Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett. If the Red Sox are able to come to an agreement with Mike Napoli, they probably won't make any significant financial additions to the 2013 roster before spring training starts on Feb. 12. They need a lefthanded hitting bench player of some sort, probably a first baseman, and maybe a veteran infielder who can compete for a spot on the roster. But beyond that, their team looks fairly set. Total off the books: $105.275 million. ... Total added: $86 million. ... Total in expected raises: $12.66 million. ... So, the Red Sox dropped roughly $105.275 and will add roughly $95.66 million.

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Jonny Gomes, Icon Sports Jonny Gomes, Icon Sports
January 1, 2013  08:55 AM ET

By my math, the Red Sox have taken on a total of $156.2 million in new FA contracts. That includes the Ortiz signing as well as the potential signing of Napoli. In turn, the trade with the Dodgers relieved them of $275.69 million in total salaries, with $11 million going to the Dodgers.

January 1, 2013  09:28 AM ET

@Bishop - They're using Obama math, where you can just print money when you predictably spend much more than you take in. Get with the program!

January 1, 2013  09:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

@Bishop - They're using Obama math, where you can just print money when you predictably spend much more than you take in. Get with the program!

That's okay. You go on ahead without me.

January 1, 2013  09:52 AM ET

Losing Crawford and Beckett is addition by subtraction. They're not going backwards when substituting less expensive players with shorter contracts. A-Gonz is a loss - pure and simple. Good baseball player, and good man.

In any case I see a team with no less total talent, more salary flexibility, and an ability to grow in the next few years.

January 1, 2013  10:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Losing Crawford and Beckett is addition by subtraction. They're not going backwards when substituting less expensive players with shorter contracts. A-Gonz is a loss - pure and simple. Good baseball player, and good man.In any case I see a team with no less total talent, more salary flexibility, and an ability to grow in the next few years.

Exactly.... A-Gonz was a loss, but at least we essentially never spent the money. The article is misleading because it fails to account for the fact that long-term, Sox saved a TON of money... this year's cash is full of much shorter contracts. Papi 2 yrs... Victorino 3-yrs... Gomes 2-yrs.... None of this 7-year ****. They'll still finish better than 2012 -- albeit, probably neither they nor the Yankees will make the playoffs -- and will build a team moving forward like everyone else does... without the blank-check policy that Epstein, Cashman, even Minaya when he came to Mets, all had.

January 1, 2013  10:59 AM ET

Fourth or fifth place, but definitely better than the Astros.

January 1, 2013  11:06 AM ET

Any way you look at it, they gained long term flexibility.
If the minor leagues provide some front line players over the next three years they are way ahead of where they were before the trade with the Dodgers.
If not, and they need to go into the FA or Trade markets they have more money to spend.
So what's the issue? The only real loss was Gonz, and he wasn't as productive as his contract required; for the money he was making he needed to be superstar. Plus, I was not convinced he was a clubhouse leader, seemed somewhat passive about wininning/losing.
They need some pitching to emerge from the minors. That's the biggest issue. We'll see won't we.

January 1, 2013  11:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

The only real loss was Gonz, and he wasn't as productive as his contract required; for the money he was making he needed to be superstar. Plus, I was not convinced he was a clubhouse leader, seemed somewhat passive about wininning/losing.They need some pitching to emerge from the minors. That's the biggest issue. We'll see won't we.

Gonzo was a great player. But make no mistake about it - he was no Kevin Millar, Johnny Damon, Dustin Pedroia, or David Ortiz. He was a follower and not a leader or a critical element of team chemistry. When sheet was going down around him, nothing he did quieted the fires or pointed the way. Like the Bosox teams pre-2003, he did his work, picked up his paycheck, and went hom.

Agree totally on the pitching. Hopefully getting John Farrell back will convince ownership to take some risks on good developing talent or one established FA talent.

January 1, 2013  11:33 AM ET

the red sox took a step back by replacing higher salaries players,
the new red sox look alike much as the pirates or the padres in the past two seasons ago,,,

January 1, 2013  11:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Losing Crawford and Beckett is addition by subtraction. They're not going backwards when substituting less expensive players with shorter contracts. A-Gonz is a loss - pure and simple. Good baseball player, and good man.In any case I see a team with no less total talent, more salary flexibility, and an ability to grow in the next few years.

the red sox would need at least 2 to 3 yearsrow as a competetive team, now lets not forget that this franchise did replace the majority in higher salary players....

January 1, 2013  11:39 AM ET

the boston team did miss lackey in the dodgers mega-trade, but still this team could have a better flexibility financially!!!

January 1, 2013  12:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

@Bishop - They're using Obama math, where you can just print money when you predictably spend much more than you take in. Get with the program!

Well this came out of left field.

January 1, 2013  12:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Well this came out of left field.

You made a funny - intentionally or otherwise. I'm giving you the benefit of the doubt.

+2

January 1, 2013  12:34 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Fourth or fifth place, but definitely better than the Astros.

better than the astros?? i think the team has a fair shot in their division, lets not forget they DO have a new manager who could bring a better chemistry to the team itself!!!

January 1, 2013  12:36 PM ET

the marlins have asured the last place on the national league by far this is the easy prediction to assest!!

January 1, 2013  12:37 PM ET

so red sox DO sign napoli or no napoli at all?? after all the napoli player won't be able to play a single game until he gets a surgery,,,,

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January 1, 2013  01:28 PM ET

Seeing as how the Red Cox are in a serious battle with the Spankees for 2nd place in the American East this upcoming season, there is no reason to overspend for any player.

January 1, 2013  01:31 PM ET
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Seeing as how the Red Cox are in a serious battle with the Spankees for 2nd place in the American East this upcoming season, there is no reason to overspend for any player.

You are being extremely generous with both teams, although I don't see any AL East team with a lock on first place. Toronto overspent, and got more in the way of names than they did consistent performance. They Rays have been steady. Other than that, not much competition.

 
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