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MLB Notebook: On the Red Sox’ offseason payroll challenge; expansion/realignment talk

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Late this past week, the Red Sox Baseball Operations staff was still waiting on word from ownership regarding the club’s payroll budget for the 2018 season.

For now, with free agents frozen until after the World Series and trade talk on hold until the GM Meetings in the middle of next month, the number of purely theoretical. But eventually, there needs to be a plan – and a number – in place.