Dave Dombrowski

Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa remaining with Red Sox

Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa remaining with Red Sox

The Red Sox aren't fully cleaning house of Dave Dombrowski's top lieutenants -- Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa has agreed to remain with the organization, per an industry source. 

La Russa arrived as a special assistant to Dombrowski, but he ingratiated himself to the entire baseball operations department. A constant presence at Fenway Park and a frequent observer on the road, La Russa served not only as a sounding board for manager Alex Cora, but anyone in the organization who wanted to draw on his 56 years of big league experience.

 A three-time World Series champion and four-time Manager of the Year, the 74-year-old La Russa made an effort to get to know even lower-tenured members of the front office, often over dinner. He didn't push his views so much as make himself available, earning respect throughout the organization for both his demeanor and his insight.

The news on La Russa comes one day after the Red Sox parted ways with Frank Wren, one of Dombrowski's top assistants, and a former general manager of the Braves.

The news that the Red Sox were in talks to keep La Russa was first reported by the MLB Network's Jon Heyman.

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Red Sox continue to clean house after Dave Dombrowski firing

Red Sox continue to clean house after Dave Dombrowski firing

Dave Dombrowski's firing was only the beginning of a mass exodus in the Red Sox organization.

On Thursday, the Red Sox let go of front office executive Frank Wren and scout Eddie Bane, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network. It's no surprise they parted ways with Wren as he's close with Dombrowski.

Heyman notes there likely are more changes to come, specifically in the amateur department.

These moves are the icing on the cake for what's been a tremendously disappointing season for Boston. The defending World Series champions are on the verge of missing the playoffs for the first time since 2015.

Along with the front office, there could be a roster shakeup coming for the Red Sox this offseason as well. Mookie Betts' future in Boston is uncertain, and it remains to be seen whether J.D. Martinez will opt in to his contract.

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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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