Update No. 2:
There are now additional reports stating that Devers’ new contract actually begins in 2023, which would increase his payroll number for the current season from $17.5 million to $30.1 million, which puts the Sox’ current luxury tax payroll at roughly $222-$223 million, about $17 million below where they ended last season. The luxury tax payroll for 2023 remains at $233 million.
Update No. 1:
It’s the first rule of working in the media. As soon as you report something, it might change – a least a little.
In case you missed it, Bob Nightengale of USA Today just reported that the Red Sox have agreed with Rafael Devers on an 11-year, $331-million contract, an average of just $30.1 million per season, the largest in club history. In the process, the Sox have clearly answered the question as to whether they still in the market for star players on megadeals – which they clearly are. At least in some respects.
According to Nightengale, the deal begins in 2024, which is a pertinent detail. It means that Devers will stay at $17.5 million for the 2023 season, which means the club payroll is still roughly $30 million less than where it was at the end of the 2022 season. Whether the Red Sox bridge that difference between now and Opening Day remains to be seen, but it could be that the Sox view 2023 as something of a bridge year – and we use that team very loosely – to reset the clock and any potential luxury tax violations so that they can start fresh in 2024.
If Devers’ 2022 salary of $17.5 million is added to this deal, the total value of the package is $348.5 million over 12 seasons, an average of $29.1 million a year.
This morning’s morning’s post, as originally written now follows …