MLB Rumors: Red Sox ‘likely’ to cut payroll in 2024; Rougned Odor is headed to Japan; white sox sign brebbia

One of the offseason’s top free agents came off the board on Friday: Josh Hader agreed to a five-year, $95 million contract with the Astros, With a little luck, the rest of the market will warm up and more signings will come. Four of our top 10 free agents are unsigned Spring training is only a month away. Here are Saturday’s hot stove rumors.

Red Sox ‘probably’ will shed salary in 2024

At his winter weekend event on Friday, Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy said the club will “probably” have less payroll in 2024 than in 2023. “It’ll probably be lower than 2023. I don’t know about it for sure. We don’t talk about specific payroll numbers,” Kennedy said (via MassLive.com). During the event the team The ownership has been criticized at times.

According to Coutts Baseball Contracts, the Red Sox currently have a payroll of $190.5 million for competitive balance tax purposes. This is well below last year’s $225.8 million CBT payroll and this year’s $237 million CBT threshold. Boston’s CBT payroll reached $243.7 million in 2019, a year after winning the World Series. They now rank closer to the middle than the top of the payroll.

If the Red Sox spend between now and Opening Day, it’s likely it will be on pitching. Their rotation consists of Lucas Giolito and Brian Bello, and then some combination of Cooter Crawford, Tanner Houck, Nick Pivetta and Garrett Whitlock. The Red Sox have finished last three times in the last four years, including 2023.

The smell goes towards Japan

Rougned Odor has signed with the Yomiuri Giants of Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan. According to the New York Post, Odor, who is just 29, started last season with the Padres, although he played in only 59 games before being released in July. He did not play the remainder of the season. Odor has transitioned into a utility role in recent years and now plays first base, third base, and even some right field in addition to his usual second base. The Giants are Japan’s oldest and most successful franchise with 22 Japan Series titles, although they went 71–70 and missed the postseason in 2023.

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The White Sox have agreed to terms with righty reliever John Brebbia on a one-year, $5.5 million contract. The Athletic reports, The contract is pending physical. Brebbia has played every role in his career – he’s started games as an opener, pitched in middle relief, gotten high-leverage outs, etc. – and it’s likely he’ll be in Gregory Santos’ primary setup. Will work as man. 2024. Furthermore, the one-year contract makes it likely that Brebbia will be a trade candidate at the deadline.

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