NASHVILLE -- Thanks in large part to their mega-deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers last August, the Red Sox have plenty of money available to apply to the 2013 payroll.
That flexibility, in turn, allows the Red Sox to be involved -- should they so choose -- with nearly every free agent and able to discuss virtually any player on the trade market.
It's only a slight exaggeration that, when it comes the Sox this winter: money is no object.
Currently, the Red Sox have 105.9 million committed to 2013 for 17 players. That figure includes existing contracts, recent free agent signings and projected salary arbitration figures for eight players.
It does not take into account pro-rated signing bonuses, or another half-dozen or so players who aren't yet arbitration-eligible. That latter figure would be minimal -- another 3 million or so -- since most of the players in that category will be playing for slightly more than the minimum salary.
Here's the breakdown:
PLAYERS UNDER CONTRACT
Jon Lester 11.625 millionDustin Pedroia 10 million
Jonny Gomes5 millionDavid Ross 3 millionJose Iglesias 2 million
ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE PLAYERS WITH PROJECTED SALARIES
TEAM TOTAL TO DATE