Sorting out which Boston Red Sox rumors are fact or fiction is a favorite pastime for fans as the 2013 season approaches. Although the team’s offseason may be winding down, there are still a number of storylines that need to be sorted out.
Boston general manager Ben Cherington announced on WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan show earlier this offseason that the team intended to have a significant payroll in 2013. It appears like that promise has been met because of all of Boston’s new acquisitions.
WEEI’s Alex Speier outlined how the Red Sox have neared the 2013 luxury tax threshold of $178 million. Those numbers got even closer because of their recent completion of a trade for closer Joel Hanrahan.
Coming off a 93-loss season in 2012, the Red Sox seem determined to put a contending team on the field in 2013. As a result, they have been associated with many available players—a trend that has continued despite their high payroll.
The Red Sox still officially lack a first baseman, and some, including WEEI’s Rob Bradford, have questioned if the team can compete without a true superstar player. Despite what they have already spent, more moves are still possible.
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