Red Sox spent what they savedMonday December 31st, 2012
Boston Celtics vs Houston Rockets, 01/11/2013, at TD Garden ... Find TicketsIf 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.So let's take a look at the financial aspects of how the roster has changed.SALARY THAT CAME OFF THE BOOKS Adrian Gonzalez: $21 million (2013 salary) Carl Crawford: $20 million (2013 salary) Josh Beckett: $15.75 million (2013 salary) David Ortiz: $14.575 million (2012 salary) Kevin Youkilis: $11 million (2012 salary the Red Sox paid) Daisuke Matsuzaka: $10 million Cody Ross: $3 million (2012 salary) Ryan Sweeney: $1.75 million (2012 salary) Nick Punto: $1.5 million (2013 salary) Mike Aviles: $1.2 million (2012 salary) Assorted others (Atchison, Cook, Hill, McDonald, Melancon, Padilla): $5.5 million (2012 salary)Total off the books: $105.275 millionSALARY ADDED FOR 2013 David Ortiz: $15 million (including signing bonus) Ryan Dempster: $13.25 million Mike Napoli: $13 million Shane Victorino: $13 million Stephen Drew: $9.5 million Joel Hanrahan: $6.9 million (estimated given his arbitration status) Jonny Gomes: $5 million Koji Uehara: $4.25 million David Ross: $3.1 millionTotal added: $86 millionThe difference is roughly $19.275 million. But that money is largely accounted for.Contract raises due in 2013 Jon Lester: $4 million Clay Buchholz: $2 million Dustin Pedroia: $2 millionTotal: $8 millionExpected raises for players offered arbitration Jarrod Saltalamacchia: $1.4 million Alfredo Aceves: $1.4 million Franklin Morales: $0.6 million Craig Breslow: $0.6 million Andrew Miller: $0.36 million Jacoby Ellsbury: 0.1 million Andrew Bailey: $0.1 million Daniel Bard: 0.1 millionTotal: $4.66 millionTotal in expected raises: $12.66 millionSo, the Red Sox dropped roughly $105.275 and will add roughly $95.66 million. Their payroll will remain pretty much what it was last season, around $176 million. That is just under the $178 million line for paying the competitive balance tax.You can certainly debate the merits of the players the Red Sox added. But there's no denying that the money saved in the Dodgers trade was spent, as ownership promised it would be.It remains to be seen how the Sox proceed in 2014, '15 and beyond with the money saved by trading Beckett, Crawford and Gonzalez. But based on their actions this winter, there's no reason to think it won't be plowed back into the roster.All the roster turnover — along with the new manager and almost entirely new coaching staff — has to be considered a plus. While no one person is at fault for what has transpired since Sept. of 2011, it was evident that the Sox needed a new cast of characters and they have that.