The Red Sox rank in the top 3 in team payroll for the 2016 season, behind only the Yankees and Dodgers. The Sox, Yanks and Dodgers are the only 3 teams with a payroll north of $200 million, but the Tigers aren't far behind with a $196+ million payroll.
After two straight last place finishes, the Red Sox are finally putting together a season worthy of team that is paying top dollar. The breakdown of the payroll does not translate to the production they are getting from certain players, and the numbers may surprise you.
After breaking down the payroll between the disabled list, retained salaries, minor leagues and deferred salaries the exact number for the 2016 payroll is $200,605,950. Surprisingly, that is a drop of almost $15 million dollars from last season. Even with the drop in payroll, the Red Sox have put a much better team on the field, and are looking worthy of being called a $200 million team.
David Price leads the Red Sox in salary making $30 million this season, with Hanley behind him at $22.75 million and Porcello rounding out the top 3 at $20.125 million. While it most likely took every cent of that money to get Price here, the Red Sox significantly overspent for Ramirez and Porcello. David Ortiz ranks 4th , making $16 million in his final season.
You can make the argument that Jackie Bradley Jr, Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts have been 3 of the most important players on this team over the last 2 seasons. If you haven't paid attention to the salary breakdown, this next stat may shock you. With the Red Sox total payroll north of $200 million, the salaries of JBJ, Xander and Mookie combine for a total of $1,763,000. That is 0.88% of the entire Red Sox payroll. It's safe to say, that will increase within the next few years.
The Red Sox currently have 12 players making less than $1 million dollars this year, 16 if you include the 4 players on the disabled list. With most teams, the players with salaries this low are usually no-name guys that you have to google before each performance. However, that isn't the case with this Boston team. Along with the 3 stars in the previous paragraph, this list includes Travis Shaw, Christian Vazquez, Blake Swihart, Brock Holt, Eduardo Rodriguez and ERA-leader Steven Wright.
There are 5 players currently on either the 15- or 60-day DL, including Pablo Sandoval, Brock Holt, Carson Smith, Eduardo Rodriguez and Brandon Workman. These 5 players combine for a $19,795,500 salary hit this year. We all remember the underwhelming, but overweight spring training that Pablo Sandoval had. Off the $19+ million dollars being spent on the DL, he accounts for 89% of that money at $17,600,000. The remaining names on the disabled list account for a total of $2,195,500.
Boston is currently paying $20,271,428 in buried minor league salary. Leading that category is great Red Sox bust Rusney Castillo, who is being paid more than $11 million to underperform in Pawtucket. Other players include Allen Craig at $9 million this season, and pitchers Henry Owens and Sean O'Sullivan, who both made MLB appearances this year, and who combine to make $660,779.
Remember when the Red Sox somehow got rid of Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez and Josh Beckett, while simultaneously shedding $250 million off the payroll? Well, they are still paying two of those players 4 years later in 2016. Crawford and Gonzalez have almost identical contracts, and are both making a4857,000 from the Red Sox this year, plus the $21 million that LA is paying them.
Probably the most surprising part of this breakdown is that the Red Sox are still paying Manny Ramirez. Yes, that Manny Ramirez. Manny will be paid $1,993,409 by the Red Sox this year, and will continue to do so through the year 2026. Not to shabby for a guy who hasn't played since 2011.