By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Red Sox were one of two teams last season to pay into the luxury tax. The Washington Nationals were the second team.
The reigning World Series Champions has a $238.4 million payroll in 2018. The tax threshold was $197 million.
The Red Sox has to pay $11.3 million in penalties, according to reports.
Despite a willing to deal Porcello, the team is still expected to be in the luxury tax next season. The team is also willing to listen to offers for shortstop Xander Bogaerts and outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr.
Porcello is due $21 million in 2019. Following the season, the starter will become a free agent.
He has a limited no-trade clause. Porcello will provide a list to the Red Sox of three teams that he will not be traded to. However, the team can work with the rest of the league to work out a trade.
Bogaerts is slated to make $11.9 million in 2019. Bradley Jr.; however, has two-year’s remaining. He is due to make $7.9 million next season.
The 29-year-old Morristown, New Jersey native went 17-7 in his fourth-year with the team in 2018 in 33 starts. He had a 4.28 ERA and allowed 97 runs (91 earned runs) with 27 home runs over 191 1/3 innings. He also struck out 190 batters and walked 48.
Porcello is 59-43 with six complete games with the Red Sox in 127 starts.. He has a 4.19 ERA over 789 2/3 innings with 410 runs (368 earned runs) and allowed 113 home runs. He also struck out 709 batters and walked 166.
The 26-year-old Oranjestad, Aruba native has spent his entire career with the Red Sox. He had a .288 batting average with 23 home runs and 103 RBIs, including 45 doubles, three triples, and eight stolen bases, in 136 games.
In his career, Bogaerts had a .284 batting average in 759 games. He has 74 home runs and 386 RBIs, including 176 doubles, 14 triples, and 49 stolen bases, in 2,931 at-bats.
The 28-year-old Richmond, Virginia native has spent his entire career with the Red Sox. This past season, he had a .234 batting average with 13 home runs and 59 RBIs, along with 33 doubles, four triples, and 17 stolen bases, in 474 at-bats.
In his career, Bradley Jr. has a .238 batting average with 70 home runs and 292 RBIs in 2,214 at-bats. He also has 123 doubles, 20 triples, and 47 stolen bases.