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MLB Rumors: Red Sox are on track to pay over $13 million in luxury tax

MLB Rumors: Red Sox are on track to pay over $13 million in luxury tax

The Red Sox will once again finish the year above the MLB's luxury tax threshold, which will likely result in them paying $13 million in penalties at the end of the season according to the Associated Press

This isn't a surprise given the number of large contracts on the team's payroll (Chris Sale, J.D. Martinez, Nathan Eovaldi, David Price, etc.) but last season this wasn't an issue because Boston was by far the best team in baseball. This year? It's a near certainty they'll miss the playoffs. 

The Red Sox will finish 2019 with a $242.8 million payroll, with the luxury tax threshold at $206 million. Because it's their second straight year over the tax, they have to pay at a 30 percent rate on the first $20 million over the $206 million threshold, and a 42 percent rate on the next $20 million. In 2018, Boston was $40 million over the threshold, causing their draft pick to drop 10 places. 

The next two highest payroll totals go to the Yankees ($233.9 million) and Cubs ($233.8 million). The Yankees have a stronghold on the AL East and have hopes of making it to the ALCS at the least, while the Cubs are fighting for a wild card spot if they aren't able to catch the Cardinals in the NL Central. 

With the league's highest payroll and a general manager opening vacated by Dave Dombrowski, there's a decent chance the Red Sox look a lot different over the next few years. J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts' contract extensions loom as the club's biggest impending decisions. 

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Ex-Red Sox slugger Mike Napoli joins Cubs coaching staff

Ex-Red Sox slugger Mike Napoli joins Cubs coaching staff

Yet another former member of the Boston Red Sox has joined the Chicago Cubs.

Former Sox slugger Mike Napoli has joined the Cubs as a quality assurance coach, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

Napoli joins fellow 2013 World Series champion David Ross on the Cubs staff. Ross replaced Joe Maddon as Chicago's manager last month.

Ex-Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein has served as Cubs president of baseball operations for the last eight years. Former Sox pitching coach Dana LeVangie recently interviewed for the Cubs' bullpen coach job.

In three seasons as Boston's DH/first baseman, Napoli hit .242 with 53 home runs.

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Red Sox, Alex Cora are 'fully cooperating' with MLB's sign-stealing investigation

Red Sox, Alex Cora are 'fully cooperating' with MLB's sign-stealing investigation

The Houston Astros' sign-stealing scheme was rather elboarate, and Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora reportedly played a major role in the operation.

Cora was Houston manager A.J. Hinch's right-hand man as the Astros' bench coach in 2017, winning the World Series with the organization. So, quite frankly, it's not surprising that Cora was involved in the matter. 

Major League Baseball now is investigating the Astros organization, as well as anyone involved with the team in 2017 -- A.K.A. Cora and current New York Mets manager Carlos Beltran. Cora was interviewed Wednesday, and the Red Sox are offering the MLB "full cooperation" in the ongoing investigation, according to Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald. 

According to our Red Sox Insider John Tomase, the Red Sox really only need to be concerned with the matter if Cora used some of those tactics to lead Boston to a World Series Championship in 2018, and throughout the duration of a rather upsetting 2019 season. 

It remains unknown if Cora will receive any disciplinary action from the league. 

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