Red Sox' 2010 revenue estimate: 255 million


Red Sox' 2010 revenue estimate: 255 million

By Sean McAdam

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- How much money did the Red Sox make last season?

An exact figure is difficult to determine. The Red Sox, of course, are privately owned and, like the 29 other Major League Baseball clubs, aren't in the habit of opening their books and disclosing their profits andor losses.

But using some guidelines and formulas, and some information from team president and CEO Larry Lucchino, it's a good guess that the team had about 255 million in revenues for 2010.

How do we know this? Lucchino said Friday that the Red Sox paid in 85 million to baseball's central fund, the second-highest total in the game after -- you guessed it -- the New York Yankees.

(That figure doesn't include another 1.3 million the Red Sox were assessed in luxury tax payments for exceeding the payroll threshold.)

Under the current collective bargaining agreement, which expires after the current season, all 30 teams pay one-third of their revenues into the central fund. This applies to the biggest-market clubs like the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers and Cubs, along with the small-market teams such as the Pirates, Brewers and Royals.

Naturally, the Sox and Yankees pay a much higher figure than do their small-market brethren. And, of course, the small market teams get big payouts in revenue sharing in return, while the Red Sox and Yankees do not.

Using the formula established, if the Red Sox paid 85 million, it stands to reason that they made about 255 million.

Though they're not been as vocal about it as the Yankees, Red Sox owners would like a change in the new CBA. They would like a new formula for computing the revenue-sharing assessment, and some assurance that small-market teams are actually investing their revenue-sharing windfall, and not pocketing the money to improve their bottom line.

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Sale hurls five shutout innings, Sandoval has two hits as Sox romp, 7-2

Sale hurls five shutout innings, Sandoval has two hits as Sox romp, 7-2

Chris Sale threw five shutout innings and Pablo Sandoval continued his torrid spring with two more hits as the Red Sox routed the Twins, 7-2, Sunday at the Twins' Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers.

Red Sox-Twins box score

Sale allowed six hits, with one walk and six strikeouts, in his 91-pitch outing. Manager John Farrell had told reporters before the game that Sale was scheduled to throw between 95 and 100 pitches. He has 26 strikeouts and 2 walks in 21 spring-training innings.

Sandoval lifted his exhibition average to .370 with a 2-for-3 performance, which included a double.

The Red Sox also got home runs from Christian Vazquez, Andrew Benintendi and Steve Selsky as they rallied from a 1-0 deficit with three runs in the seventh inning and four in the eighth.

Three-run HR from Sandoval (.353) leads Red Sox split squad past Rays, 7-5

Three-run HR from Sandoval (.353) leads Red Sox split squad past Rays, 7-5

Pablo Sandoval hit his fourth home run of the spring and Rusney Castillo had three hits to lead a Red Sox split squad to a 7-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday in Port Charlotte, Fla. 

Sandoval, who has won back his third base job after missing nearly all of last season following surgery on his left shoulder, connected for a three-run shot, batting right-handed, against Rays starter Ian Snell in the fifth inning. The switch-hitting Sandoval had abandoned hitting right-handed in 2015, his last full season with the Red Sox.

He's hitting .353 this spring with a 1.051 OPS and 19 RBI.

Castillo, the Cuban outfielder signed to a seven-year, $72 million deal late in 2014 but again likely headed for Triple-A Pawtucket, went 3-for-4 and is hitting .368 this spring. Catcher Blake Swihart, also probably Pawtucket-bound, had two hits and is hitting .325.