Originally Posted by kobo
Ok, but this organization is no longer thriving off the high of the WS. There is a new GM in charge now, they are going to finish with a record we haven't seen in a long time, and with moves that have been made so far this indicates to me an organizational change. The payroll could be $100 million next year, but I think it will be more in the $85-90 million range.
I agree. I think the Sox will take a hit in season ticket renewals after this debacle of a season and they'll be looking to make a modest cut in payroll. If the payroll is in this range and they already have about $70M, it might leave about $15-20M to spend. Hahn already said not all of the savings from trading Peavy and Rios were going back into payroll. Some of it will be spend on scouting and amateur draft signings.
So, no, I don't expect the Sox to be a big player in the FA market this winter. But, they should be able to get a couple of decent players (not all-stars) to fill some holes on this team.