Red Sox News: Looking at Boston's payroll heading into 2015, over luxury tax threshold

Here is a list of every Boston Red Sox player currently under contract or eligible for arbitration/pre-arbitration heading into the new year, courtesy of the Boston Herald.

(Note: The arbitrated salaries below are just estimates, so the actual payroll number will likely vary.)


Hanley Ramirez, LF: $22 million

Pablo Sandoval, 3B: $19 million

Mike Napoli, 1B: $16 million

David Ortiz, DH: $16 million

Dustin Pedroia, 2B: $13.3 million

Shane Victorino, OF: $13 million

Rusney Castillo, OF: $10.357 million

Justin Masterson, SP: $9.5 million

Koji Uehara, RP: $9 million

Clay Buchholz, SP: $7.75 million

Allen Craig, OF/1B: $6.2 million

Edward Mujica, RP: $4.75 million

Ryan Hanigan, C: $3.583 million

Craig Breslow, RP: $2 million

Total: 14 players, $152.44 million


(Salary projections from

Rick Porcello, SP: $12.2 million

Wade Miley, SP: $4.3 million

Junichi Tazawa, RP: $2 million

Daniel Nava, OF/1B: $1.9 million

Total: 4 players, $20.4 million


(Salary estimates)

Joe Kelly, SP: $570,000

Brock Holt, INF: $540,000

Xander Bogaerts, SS: $540,000

Anthony Varvaro, RP: $540,000

Mookie Betts, OF: $520,000

Christian Vazquez, C: $520,000

Total: 6 players, $3,23 million

Overall total: 24 players, $176.07 million

Add in one more $3.9 million payment as part of a 2012 blockbuster trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers and roughly $12 million in benefits and the Red Sox sit over the $189 million luxury tax threshold.

While that won't necessarily preclude the Red Sox from spending on a top-of-the-rotation arm before spring training, it at least increases the chance that they'll wait to make such a splash until they get a gauge on where the 2015 season is going in the middle of the campaign.

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