Giancarlo Stanton isn't going anywhere as long as his salary remains low. (Marc Serota/Getty Images)

Giancarlo Stanton isn’t going anywhere as long as his salary remains low. (Marc Serota/Getty Images)

BOCA RATON, Fla. — On one level, the parallels are hard to miss. When Dave Dombrowski needed a slugger with the Tigers in 2007, he turned to his former organization, the Marlins, and pulled off a blockbuster for Miguel Cabrera, who has since gone on to win a Triple Crown and two MVPs.

With the Red Sox in need of outfield punch and Dombrowski new on the job, fans could be excused for daydreaming of another Godfather offer to Miami, this one for slugger Giancarlo Stanton.

That’s not going to happen, and here’s why.

When Stanton signed a massive 13-year, $325 million extension prior to last season, it shocked baseball. How did the small-market, penny-pinching Marlins find all of that money, even for one of the game’s transcendent young talents?

It turns out they really didn’t, not if you break down the contract year by year. While Stanton will count $25 million annually against the luxury tax for the life of the deal, the Marlins aren’t interested in hypothetical future expenditures. And they certainly don’t care about the luxury tax, since they’ll never be anywhere near the $189 million threshold while their payroll hovers in the $70 million range.

What matters to Miami are actual cash payouts, and for the first three years of Stanton’s heavily backloaded deal, those numbers are small. Consider his annual salaries (courtesy the invaluable Cot’s Contracts):

2015: $6.5 million
2016: $9 million
2017: $14.5 million
2018: $25 million
2019: $26 million
2020: $26 million
2021-22: $29 million
2023-25: $32 million
2026: $29 million
2027-28: $25 million

For this year and next, Stanton is a bargain. He’ll make $9 million in 2016, which is $500,000 less than the Red Sox just paid Justin Masterson to post a 5.61 ERA before getting released.

Stanton’s real money kicks in in 2018, when he jumps to $25 million a year. He has an opt-out after the 2020 season that the Marlins probably hope he exercises. If he does, his actual cost to Miami will be six years and $107 million, which is a steal for the age 25-30 seasons of the game’s preeminent slugger. Let some big market club worry about devoting $200-plus million to Stanton’s post-30 years.

It’s really a brilliantly conceptualized contract within Miami’s limited parameters, which is why the club isn’t about to give him away while it’s basically getting him for nothing.

So dream of an out-of-nowhere Dombrowski blockbuster all you want. Just accept that it’s not going to be Stanton. At least not yet.

Blog Author: 
John Tomase

BOCA RATON, Fla. — It’s most likely going to work out for Rich Hill, so Craig Breslow is thinking perhaps he can follow suit.

Much like Hill — a longtime reliever who is almost certainly going to lock up a guaranteed major league deal after four stellar starts in September with the Red Sox — Breslow sees the prospects of switching roles to starter as a potential opportunity.

According to sources, Breslow is prepared to inform major league teams he would like the opportunity to start in 2016, having filled the role for two games with the Sox last September. The 35-year-old lefty allowed two runs over 9 1/3 innings in his two starts, coming against the Orioles and Indians.

Breslow was healthy throughout 2015 after battling injuries the season before, but wasn’t able to distinguish himself in the Red Sox bullpen. He finished the year having appeared in 45 games, totaling a 4.15 ERA.

Some of Breslow’s previous organizations have toyed with the idea of him morphing into a starting role, but he remained entrenched as a reliever throughout his 11-year big league career.

While it uncertain if a team would sign Breslow strictly as a starter, the potential versatility might help him find guaranteed money. He had re-signed with the Red Sox prior to last season, making $2 million for the one year.

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Rob Bradford

The Red Sox on Tuesday announced that they’ve hired sportswriter Gordon Edes, formerly of ESPN and the Boston Globe, to work as a strategic communications advisor and team historian.

The Red Sox on Tuesday announced that they’ve hired sportswriter Gordon Edes, formerly of ESPN and the Boston Globe, to work as a strategic communications advisor and team historian.

Edes, a native of Lunenberg, has worked in journalism for 35 years, most recently at ESPNBoston. In his new role, he’ll report directly to principal owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner, and Fenway Sports Group president Mike Gordon.

Edes attended North Park University in Chicago, leaving to start his writing career two credits shy of a degree in history in 1976. He has covered all four major U.S. sports for outlets including the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, National Sports Daily, the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, and

“I am deeply gratified and humbled by the good fortune of spending nearly four decades in journalism, especially serving a readership as loyal and discerning as followers of the Red Sox,” Edes said in a statement released by the team. “I welcome the opportunity to apply my skill set and experience to serve Fenway Sports Group, and the Red Sox, in my new position.

“I am particularly honored to continue the work of the late Dick Bresciani as the club’s team historian. I admire ownership’s commitment to preserving the rich tradition of the team and Fenway Park, and look forward to enhancing the understanding of that history for a new generation of Red Sox fans.”

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John Tomase

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Could Jackie Bradley or Rusney Castillo be on the move?

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Could Jackie Bradley or Rusney Castillo be on the move?

That’s certainly one way to interpret the news that the Red Sox, a major league source tells’s Rob Bradford, have reached out to free agent outfielder Chris Young, and will meet with his representatives at the GM Meetings this week.

The 32-year-old former All-Star spent the 2015 season with the Yankees, hitting .272 with 14 homers and a .773 OPS. He was particularly strong against left-handed pitching (.327-7-24-.972), but he struggled with righties (.182-7-18-.585).

However, he’s not interested in pursuing a platoon role and would like to start full-time. That can only happen in Boston if the Red Sox trade an outfielder, and since they view Mookie Betts as a franchise cornerstone, that leaves Bradley and Castillo as potentially expendable.

Young’s best season came in 2010 with the Diamondbacks, when he hit .257 with 27 homers and 91 RBIs en route to his only All-Star team.

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John Tomase


Commissioner Rob Manfred  (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Commissioner Rob Manfred (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Speaking at the general managers’ meetings Tuesday morning, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred touched on a variety of subjects currently impacting the game.

Included in the conversation was the topic of whether or not netting would be implemented in stadiums after numerous incidents this past season in which fans were severely injured by flying equipment.

Manfred pointed out, however, that there is no guarantee any changes will be made to the areas closest to home plate.

“I think as you go out and look at ballparks it becomes evident that a simple, uniformed net to the edge of the dugout is not workable given the variation in the designs of the stadium,” he said. “It’s going to be a little more complicated than that if in fact we move ahead. We’re going to have a full conversation about this at the owners’ meeting next week. I don’t want to prejudge the outcome beyond that. But I do think a simple rule is probably difficult given the variations that exist in our stadiums.”

– Manfred was very adamant that the strike zone, as it is being called, is more satisfactory that it’s ever been thanks to improved technology.

“The umpires calling of the strike zone is probably more consistent that it’s ever been in the history of the game,” Manfred said. “I think the application of technology, going back to when Sandy Alderson was running the umpiring department, has overall time brought consistency in that area.

“The issue of the affect on offense, what I said at the beginning of the year was that I thought we needed, before we made a judgement and started talking about changes, another year of data. Every once in a while even I get to be right. What I mean by that was that we had a really interesting uptick in offense late in the year this year. A increase in scoring. We’re not going to jump too quickly on this one. We really want to understand what’s happening in the game. Our game is too great to be willy-nilly making changes thinking you’re going to address a problem that may not be a problem at all.”

– Manfred is still supportive of the qualifying offer system, which is in it’s fourth offseason:

“We were trying to identify a group of players that were significant enough where the loss merited the team that lost the player getting compensation, and that the player would be in high enough demand that the compensation availability would not ruin his market,” Manfred noted. “The fact that players who say, ‘No,’ go out into the market and get contracts even though the signing club has given up a draft choice kind of says to me we got it right. I don’t think you need somebody to accept. I think that so far we have successfully identified a group of players who were significant losses to the teams they were leaving and were high enough quality that they could bear the burden of draft choice compensation in the market and still get a good contract.”

– In regards to the news that Colorado shortstop Jose Reyes has been arrested for domestic abuse, Manfred cited the recently-implemented domestic violence policy (enacted in August).

“We felt good about the policy when we negotiated it. This will be the first test, and I think it will stand the test,” he said.

Here are the guidelines of the policy:

The Commissisoner’s Office will invesigate all allegations of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse involving members of the baseball community. The Commissioner may place an accused player on paid administrative leave for up to seven days while allegations are investigated. Players may challenge any decision before the arbitration panel.

The Commissioner will decide on appropriate discipline, with no minimum or maximum penalty under the policy. Players may challenge such decisions to the arbitration panel.

Training, Education and Resources:
All players will be provided education about domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse in both English and Spanish at regular intervals. Resources to players’ families — including referral information, websites, hotline numbers and outreach facilities — will be made available, along with a confidential 24-hour helpline.
An annual program of community outreach will be developed. It may include public service announcements featuring players, domestic violence awareness days at ballparks and other activities designed to spread awareness on the issues.

– Manfred insisted MLB is doing everything it’s power to stay ahead of possible advances in performance enhancing drug use.

“We are constantly vigilant on the issue of the using of performance-enhancing drugs. It’s not just that we have a testing program that’s now on auto-pilot. We spend an inordinate amount of time working with groups to make sure we know what is the very latest developments that are going on in respect to performance-enhancing drugs. I don’t know how to say it more clearly is that whether or not we have an uptick in offense, we are constantly vigilant on this topic.”

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Rob Bradford

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BOCA RATON, Fla. — Maybe this year will be different. Dave Dombrowski thinks it’s certainly trending that way.