FORT MYERS, Fla. – In apparent opposition to his own commissioner, Boston Red Sox owner John Henry said on Monday that "although there is no perfect correlation between a higher payroll and a win," "more money helps" , 19659002] His Red Sox had the highest payroll in sports in 2018 and won their fourth world title since Henry became principal owner of the franchise in 2002. During a media meeting on Sunday in West Palm Beach, Commissioner Rob Manfred spoke against the cold The free-agent winter, in which Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are still unsigned, said: "I reject the idea that the paycheck is a good one The yardstick is how much a team will try or how successful this team will be. "
The goal is it Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says the league will use pitch clocks in the spring to implement pitch watches.
Asked about this comment and if there is a connection between spending and profit, Henry replied, "I think the Baltimore payroll was twice as high as last year's Tampa payroll, nearly doubling I'm sure there's a connection, but it's not so perfect, it's very difficult to predict things in baseball and to predict the player's performance – spending more money helps. "
Many believe that the luxury tax as a de facto salary cap, which reduces spending, especially in free negotiation. Henry did not fully agree with this claim.
An influence, but the biggest influence is trying not to lose money, "he said. I talked to an owner of a large team at the owner's meeting and he had the same point of view. It's not the luxury tax he's worried about. … Even though people are frustrated and players are frustrated with the free agency, we find ways to spend money on other areas of baseball.
The Red Sox and the Nationals were the only ones who exceeded the luxury of $ 197 million tax threshold in 2018, whereby the Red Sox paid a fine of $ 11.95 million The combined fine between the Red Sox and the Nationals was less than $ 15 million, for the first time the combined tax was so low since 2003. The tax threshold rises to $ 206 million in 2019 and then $ 208 million and $ 210 million for the next two seasons
Baseball achieved sales of $ 9.4 billion in 2018, compared to $ 9.1 billion in 2017, but total spendings on team wages fell $ 18 million in second drops since 2004.  During an interview last Friday at 590 The Fan in St. Louis, Cardinal pitcher Adam Wainwright said: "I think if nothing changes, there will be 100 percent strike action. I do not think anyone hides that. I'm just worried that people will leave the high season.
The current collective agreement between owners and players expires after the 2021 season, when Henry was on the negotiating committee that closed the deal, suggesting that the union is unhappy with ideas at the table.
When asked about Wainwright's comment, Henry said, "That's crazy. Much has been said about the free agent market, but it is a free agent market. It is a free market, and a free market does not always do what you want.
"It's important that the union engage first-hand with what they want to change – this has been a series of negotiations that have led to the kind of market we have today."
Henry and Team Chairman Tom Werner also addressed the team's potential signing of Chris Sale and Xander Bogaerts for long-term expansion. Both are admitted to a free agency after the 2019 season, and both had talks with the team.
Henry turned to Sale and said, "He's a special player, we'd like to have him signed and he'd like to do it too, but there are the realities of the market, budgets, this is his chance, a free agent We'd like to avoid it, and I think it would. "19659002] Asked if the slow market for free agents might help the Red Sox sign the two players, as they did If you are not sure what could happen in a freelance agency, Werner was harder to find.
"Obviously we are at one point I think people are referring to the fact that Bryce Harper and Manny Machado did not sign – but at this time last year we did not sign JD Martinez, so I think that We'll somehow be able to answer that question. Better in a month. "
The Red Sox finally gave Martinez a five-year contract for $ 110 million, which includes opt-out clauses to Bo The Seasons 2019 and 2020. He reacted with a monster season , scored .33 with 43 home runs and a league-leading 130 RBI, finishing fourth in the MVP poll.