The Red Sox’s goal, although not a mandate, is to keep their payroll under the $208 million Competitive Balance Threshold in 2020.
The 2020 payroll already is near $218 million before any offseason transactions.
Would it, therefore, be possible to keep the payroll under $208 million if Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez both are on the 2020 roster?
“Yes, there is a way,” Red Sox president Sam Kennedy said. “There is a way but obviously it will be difficult given the nature of the agreements and the contracts that we have in place. Look, we have a very targeted and strategic plan that we’re building right now. Some of the dates related to contract decisions come right after the World Series. So we’ve had some time in September to focus on the offseason given where we were in the standings. So it is going to be a challenging offseason. But we’re ready to attack it head on and do everything we can to put a competitive team out there not just for next year but 2021, 2022."
Brian O’Halloran, one of the Red Sox’s four acting GMs, deals with payroll and contracts.