WEEI’s Alex Speier reported that Boston’s 2013 payroll currently stands in the proximity of $162 million to $170 million, which is close to the luxury tax threshold of $178 million.
It’s likely that other than a minor roster tweak here or there, the Red Sox won’t have many more player additions prior to spring training.
Boston general manager Ben Cherington appeared on WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan Show last week and expressed that he was comfortable with the framework and depth of his 2013 roster:
I think our heavy lifting is done, but I do think we’ve added strength to a lot of different areas to the roster, a lot of areas we had holes in. I think in aggregate we feel pretty good that we’re a strong, deep team with a chance to be deep in a lot of areas to match up with anyone. We think this is a team that will be very competitive, going to contend and match up with any team in the AL East.
Even though there may not be any big acquisitions on the horizon, the team still has a lot of unanswered questions as it prepares for the start of spring training.
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