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The World Series champion Red Sox owe $11 Nolan Ryan Jersey ,951,091 in luxury tax for having baseball’s top payroll, according to final calculations by the commissioner’s office obtained by The Associated Press. The only other team that owes is the Washington Nationals, who must pay $2,386,097, their second straight year with a bill.Because Boston was more than $40 million over the tax threshold, it became the first team to incur a new penalty put in place for the 2018 season: the top Red Sox selection in next June’s amateur draft will be dropped 10 places. Boston’s top pick had been projected to be No. 33 overall before the penalty.Boston has owed tax in the years of three of its four titles this century, paying $3,148,962 in 2004 and $6,064,287 in 2007. The Red Sox stayed under the tax threshold when they won in 2013. The only other championship teams to owe since the tax began in 2003 were the 2009 New York Yankees at $25.7 million and the 2016 Chicago Cubs, at $2.96 million.This year’s initial tax threshold was $197 million, counting payrolls by average annual values and including earned bonuses Rougned Odor Jersey , adjustments for cash transactions and option buyouts and just over $14 million per team in benefits. Boston’s payroll for the tax was $239.5 million, exceeding the $237 million threshold that triggered the draft penalty. Washington’s was $205 million.Boston boosted its payroll during spring training when it added slugger J.D. Martinez, who counted at $23.75 million on the tax payroll and then earned $700,000 in bonuses while leading the major leagues with 130 RBIs.Ahead of the July 31 trade deadline, the Red Sox acquired World Series MVP Steve Pearce, who added $3,208,602 to the payroll, including a $50,000 Series MVP bonus; pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, who added $720,430 and became a key component to the title run with a pair of postseason wins and a six-inning relief outing in World Series Game 3 against the Los Angeles Dodgers; and second baseman Ian Kinsler, who added $3,766,666.San Francisco had the third-highest payroll at $195.7 million followed by the Dodgers at $195 million — up from $182 million on opening day http://www.rangersfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-moore-jersey , The Dodgers had paid tax in each of the previous five seasons, a total of $149.6 million.The Cubs were fifth at $193.3 million, and the Yankees sixth at $192.98 million — the first time the Yankees finished under the threshold after 15 consecutive years over that resulted in taxes totaling $341.1 million.By dropping under the threshold, the Yankees and Dodgers reset their tax rates for 2019 and put themselves in better position to pursue a talented free-agent class that includes Bryce Harper and Manny Machado.Boston has owed in nine of 16 seasons, a total of $37.1 million. The Red Sox paid in 2015 and ’16, then dropped under the threshold by just over $3 million in 2017, resetting their tax rates to the lowest level this year. Boston paid at a 28.1 percent effective rate.Washington is paying for the second straight season, raising its total to $3.8 million.Only eight teams have gone over the tax threshold: Detroit paid $9 million over three seasons, San Francisco $8.9 million over three seasons and the Los Angeles Angels $927,000 in 2003.Next year’s tax starts at $206 million, and Boston’s rates will rise from 20 percent to 30 percent on the first $20 million over, 32 percent to 42 percent on the next $20 million and 62.5 percent to 75 percent on any amount over $246 million.Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski predicted Boston against will exceed all three thresholds next year.Washington’s rate rises to 50 percent on the first $20 million over, 62 percent on the next $20 million and 95 percent on any amount over $246 million.Checks for the competitive balance tax, as it is normally known, go to the commissioner’s office and are due by Jan. 21. The first $13 million of tax money is used to fund player benefits and 50 percent of the remainder will be used to fund player Individual Retirement Accounts. The other 50 percent of the remainder will be given to teams not over the tax threshold.Final figures are still being calculated for regular payrolls Russell Wilson Jersey , which include salaries, prorated shares of signing bonuses, earned bonuses and adjustments for cash transactions and option buyouts. CLEVELAND (AP) — Once Mike Clevinger’s dominant day ended, he watched his teammates rally on TV.There was a leadoff walk, a fortunate error, a clutch hit and two bases-loaded walks in an eighth inning that seemed to have a little bit of everything.To Clevinger, it looked like 2016, when Cleveland made it to Game 7 of the World Series.“It wasn’t all these flashy wins all the time,” he said, recalling the Indians‘ memorable run in ’16. “It was like grinding out to the eighth, ninth inning, losing a lead, coming back and that’s Tribe baseball. That’s how we’re going to win and I like it.”Roberto Perez drew a bases-loaded walk on four pitches from Dylan Covey in the eighth as the Indians rallied for a chilly 5-3 win in their home opener over the Chicago White Sox on Monday.The Indians, whose bats have started out as cold as the early-spring weather, did just enough — and got some needed help from the wild White Sox — to score four runs in the eighth after nearly wasting Clevinger’s 12-strikeout performance.As they wait for All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor Martin Perez Jersey , second baseman Jason Kipnis and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez to get healthy, the Indians will have to find offense any way they can.“Playing in this weather, it’s just difficult,” manager Terry Francona said. “It’s difficult for everybody. I mean you saw their relievers were having a tough time today. When the weather warms up, it’ll be easier for everybody. Pitchers included. But in the meantime, you just have to fight for everything you can get.”After the dreadful outing by Covey (0-1), Caleb Frare came in and walked pinch-hitter Greg Allen on five pitches to force in another run and give the Indians a 5-3 lead. White Sox manager Rick Renteria made several visits to the mound in the eighth to try and get his relievers on target, with minimal success.“Basically, it didn’t work,” Renteria said. “It didn’t work out. I’m fully confident that everyone I put in will be successful. If they do not do well, you can blame me.”Cleveland’s Jon Edwards (2-0) picked up the win despite giving up a two-run homer to White Sox rookie Ryan Cordell in the eighth. Brad Hand worked the ninth for his second save.LINDOR UPDATEWhile the Indians opened their 26th season at Progressive Field, Lindor, who missed all of spring training with a right calf strain, was in Green Bay, Wisconsin http://www.rangersfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-moore-jersey , visiting foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson.The team was anxiously awaiting results on Lindor, who injured his left ankle while playing in a minor league game last week. The Indians initially diagnosed the injury as an “acute sprain” but sent Lindor to Anderson for a second opinion. The team’s medical director accompanied Lindor.Francona said the Indians will have an update on Tuesday.Lindor’s absence puts further pressure on Cleveland’s struggling offense, which produced just five runs during three games at Minnesota and struck out 39 times.WAHOO PROTESTOnce again, a group of Native Americans and other supporters demonstrated outside the ballpark against the Indians for their nickname and Chief Wahoo logo.This is the first time in decades the smiling, red-faced logo is not on the team’s jerseys or caps, but protesters would like to see more done to promote American Indian causes.GRAND OPENINGSThe Indians have won three straight home openers for the first time since 1997-99.DROOPING SOXChicago has lost 24 of 31 to Cleveland and nine of the last 10 at Progressive Field.TRAINER’S ROOMWhite Sox: SS Tim Anderson was a late scratch when his wife went into labor. He is expected to rejoin the team Thursday when the White Sox return to Chicago. Rondon moved from second to short.Indians: Francona has no timetable for Kipnis, who is on the injured list with a strained calf. Kipnis has made some progress and recently ran the bases. … OF Bradley Zimmer recently strained a side muscle while recovering from shoulder surgery. Francona said the new injury “knocked him back about a week or 10 days.” … Gonzalez, who signed a minor league contract March 19, will play in the season opener for Triple-A Columbus on Thursday.UP NEXTFollowing an off day, the clubs will conclude the two-game series Wednesday with Cleveland ace Corey Kluber facing Carlos Rodon. Kluber’s 13 career wins against the White Sox are his most against any opponent.

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