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12/21/2010 - 6:41pm
Sox join Yankees in paying luxury tax

According to the Associated Press, the Red Sox joined the Yankees as the only two teams to pay Major League Baseball's luxury tax for the 2010 season. The Yankees, according to The AP, paid $18 million in luxury taxes, while the Sox paid just under $1.5 million in luxury taxes.

 

The Yankees, who have paid MLB's competitive balance tax in all eight seasons of its existence, are taxed at a rate of 40 percent above the CBT threshold, which was $170 million in 2010. That means that New York's payroll, for the purposes of calculating the luxury tax, was approximately $215 million. The Sox, who had been under the luxury tax threshold in the last two seasons, were taxed at a rate of 22.5 percent, meaning that their payroll was roughly $176 million.

 

Next year, the Red Sox would have to pay a 30 percent...

12/21/2010 - 6:03pm
Epstein: Sox lucky to have Jenks set-up Pap

Speaking on a conference call to introduce Bobby Jenks as the Red Sox’ newest reliever, Sox general manager Theo Epstein made it clear that the plan is for the 29-year-old former White Sox closer to set up Jonathan Papelbon in 2011.

 

“We feel really lucky that Bobby wanted to pitch here and we were able to get someone of his caliber to join our bullpen and help Dan Bard set up for Pap,” Epstein said.

 

“It's not everyday you can bring someone of this caliber without a closer opening. We felt lucky that it happened. Bobby is someone that has great stuff, but we see him as more than just a thrower. He really knows how to pitch, as well. He goes right at guys and throws strikes. He brings the kind of fearlessness to the mound we look for in a market like Boston. We think that he's going to fit in great and hopefully be part of a pen that's going to be one of the best ones we have around here in a long...

12/21/2010 - 4:28pm
Perkins returns for non-contact practice

For the first time since undergoing knee surgery in the offseason, Kendrick Perkins was able to participate in part of a Celtics practice. Perkins went through the non-contact phase of practice and the team's warmup stretching routine. "I felt all right," Perkins said. "My timing was a little bit off. I thought I did pretty well for my first time out." 

 

Perkins said that he had an MRI last week, which showed nothing negative and is scheduled to have another one in early January. The plan is for him to continue going through the non-contact part of practice for a few weeks and then see where he is physically. "I feel good," Perkins said. "I haven’t had any setbacks. Really I’m just trying to keep moving forward. I’m actually surprised about how good I did out there today." 

 

There is still no definitive timetable for his return, but he is keeping the All-...

12/21/2010 - 4:22pm
Bobby Jenks passes physical with Sox

The Red Sox announced on Tuesday that right-handed relief pitcher Bobby Jenks has passed his physical, making his signing with the Red Sox official. The Boston Herald was the first to report the story.

 

The Sox came to terms on a two-year, $12 million deal with the two-time All Star closer last week. Jenks had 27 saves last season for the White Sox, while striking out 61 batters in 52 2/3 innings. He posted a 4.44 earned run average and a 1.36 WHIP.

 

The team also announced that they have designated infielder Brent Dlugach for assignment. The Sox had acquired the former sixth-round pick from the Tigers on Nov. 4. The 27-year-old spent last season at Triple-A Toledo, where he hit .258 with six homers and 41 RBI. 

 

For more on the Red Sox, visit their team page at weei.com/redsox.

 

 

 


12/21/2010 - 4:19pm
J. O'Neal '50-50' to return Wednesday

Celtics center Jermaine O'Neal went through his second practice with the team since he injured his knee in early November and said there was a chance he would be able to play Wednesday when the Celtics host the 76ers at TD Garden. "I’d say it’s a 50-50 chance," O'Neal said. "At some point I’m going to play this week, whether it’s tomorrow or Christmas Day [against Orlando.]. I think I’m doable. I can help the team but for how long I don’t know." 

 

The issue for O'Neal is conditioning more than the knee injury, which he said has improved. "My body’s going to be a little sore because I’ve been out for a month and a half," he said. "There’s a difference between soreness and pain and right now I’m just a little sore. This is who I am right now. This is what God has given me. You deal with it and you move forward." 

 

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