According to the Associated Press, the Yankees and the Red Sox were the only two teams that paid MLB’s luxury tax for the 2010 season.
The Yankees were hit with an $18 million tax, which was actually their lowest total since the first year of the system in 2003. They paid a whopping $25.7 million last year.
As for the Red Sox, they reportedly paid a tax of just under $1.5 million. It was the first time the team had surpassed the luxury tax threshold since 2007.
Next year, the Red Sox will be taxed at a rate of 30 percent for any payroll expenditures over the luxury tax threshold of $178 million. If these estimates by Alex Speier of WEEI.com are correct, you can expect them to pay again after 2011.
Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.
Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.
Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.
And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles.
Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).
Today Chooch left a message for his now former teammates: