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Published: Wed, December 07, 2016
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Red Sox exercise 2018 option on manager John Farrell's contract

Red Sox exercise 2018 option on manager John Farrell's contract

The Red Sox owned the majors' fifth-best winning percentage in 2016 (.574), and their 50-32 (.610) record from July 3 through the remainder of the season led the AL and ranked second in baseball.

After captaining a ship that was destined to sink in 2015, Farrell reaped the benefits of the Red Sox hitting the ground running in free agency by acquiring left-hander David Price, but also lucking into the comeback of right-hander Rick Porcello, who finished the season 22-4 and won the American League's Cy Young Award.

The Red Sox have been quiet thus far, but Dave Dombrowski's history suggests fireworks.

"I can tell you that previous year that we went into the winter meetings I would've preferred to be below the CBT, too, but we just went above it because we thought that was the best way to win a championship at the time", Dombrowski said. "And the reason why is that are penalties attached for going over, so nobody likes to (pay) penalties".

Another point that should not be lost in this analysis of the 2018 option exercise is that by showing the Red Sox are set at manager for the next two seasons, they present a stable environment for potential free agents. So I would prefer to do that. However, a little bit more driving force in that regard is that there are stricter penalties now attached to going over. "Some of them involve, now, for the first time, differences in draft choices and sacrifices of money to sign players and all that type of thing, so there's a little bit more of a drive to do that".

"But I can't tell you where we're going to end up". Yeah. But until we really get into the winter time and see where we are, will I make an unequivocal (statement about staying under the CBT)? We were in different positions ourselves.

"But I am under an awareness of the penalties, " he said. Just so many things happened at the end of the year. I thought did a good job in handling the club.

Sandoval showed up to spring training a year ago very overweight, and there were reports that the Red Sox were not going to give him playing time until he slimmed down.

Together, with insurance premiums and others costs tallied, the Sox stand at almost $180 million, just $15 million under the 2017 tax.

"We're in a new era", Farrell said. "I wouldn't want to make a deal just to make a deal". Now he's under contract through the one after next. Would the Sox have made this decision if Lovullo hadn't left the organization?

Dombrowski inherited Farrell when he took the job in the summer of 2015, and this is a sign of confidence in the veteran manager.

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