One of the more significant aspects of the Red Sox' trade with the Philadelphia Phillies came in the announcement of the transaction:
"The Boston Red Sox today traded right-handed pitchers Brandon Workman and Heath Hembree and cash considerations, along with a player to be named later or cash considerations, to the Philadelphia Phillies, in exchange for right-handed pitcher Nick Pivetta and minor league right-handed pitcher Connor Seabold.''
As it turns out, the cash considerations didn't turn out to be substantial - $815,000 according to an industry source. But that's chiefly because neither Workman nor Hembree are high-salaried players. Workman was making $3.5 million this season and Workman $1.6125 million -- before players salaries became pro-rated, of course.
The $815,000, a source confirmed, was arrived at so that both Workman and Hembree were little more than minimum salary players for the Phillies to add.
Thanks to the pandemic, the ensuing shutdown from March through the final week of July, and, of course, no fans (read: paying customers) allowed in ballparks for 2020, teams are taking significant financial hits. It would appear that the Phillies, as just one example, are being severely restricted in what they can spend on salaries for potential acquisitions.
So, the Red Sox helped them out, paying down $815,000 in order to make the deal work. For their efforts, the Red Sox got nine full years of control for two middle- or back-end rotation prospects in exchange for one reliever (Workman) headed to free agency in another couple of months and another (Hembree) who has just one additional year of control beyond the current season.
Any way you slice, that's a good gamble.
But within the deal, there was another encouraging sign. While the Red Sox' willingness to include $815,000 to get the deal done doesn't represent a huge financial burden, it does perhaps hint at a willingness for the Sox to throw in money to help other deals get done between now and the Aug. 31 deadline.
And if the Red Sox are truly interested in remaking their roster and acquiring more talent for their prospect pool, such a commitment will be necessary.
Industry sources indicate that the Sox are