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McAdam: Mega deal may be good for bottom line, but is that the new standard for Red Sox?

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From a business standpoint, the Red Sox accomplished what they set out to do this offseason in pulling off their three-team, five-player deal Tuesday night that cost them Mookie Betts and David Price while netting them outfielder Alex Verdugo and pitching prospect Brusdar Graterol.

By slashing payroll and getting well under the first competitive balance tax (CBT) threshold of $208 million, the Red Sox, lessened their future salary obligations, avoid paying any luxury tax for the first time since 2017 and take a big step toward their goal of creating a sustainable organization, one capable of competing for a championship on a consistent basis.


But in the short-term, the loss of Betts (especially) and Price (less so) means the Red Sox are waving the proverbial white flag for 2020.