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McAdam: Salary arbitration estimates illustrate the tight squeeze Red Sox will face

As we now know, the Red Sox are going to try -- "a goal, not a mandate'' -- to keep their 2020 payroll under the first competitive balance tax threshold of $208 million.

But Wednesday brought further proof of just how difficult that task is going to be.

MLBTradeRumors.com, which annually predicts salary arbitration figures for those eligible and has done so with remarkable accuracy over the years, published its numbers for the Red Sox.

Their findings: