Red Sox Links: Mujica, Payroll, Drew

Here's the latest from Fenway Park…

  • Edward Mujica will receive a $125K bonus for finishing 20 games,'s Alex Speier reports.  Mujica will receive the same bonus for every additional five games he finishes, up to 55, leaving the reliever eligible for $2MM in bonus money in each of his two seasons in Boston.  Mujica took his physical today and his signing should be officially announced within the next few days.
  • Also from Speier, he breaks down how the recent signings of Mujica, Mike Napoli and A.J. Pierzynski affect the Red Sox payroll.  The Sox payroll currently projects as roughly $187.95MM for 2014, leaving them just under the $189MM luxury tax threshold.  While Speier argues that the club could go over the threshold, any further moves might have to come via trades, most likely from the team's excess of starting pitching.
  • The Red Sox "would love to bring back" Stephen Drew but re-signing the shortstop could be difficult due to the aforementioned budget issues, Speier writes.
  • The Sox are still looking for a left-handed bat for the left side of the infield as well as a right-handed hitting outfielder, Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald tweets.  Drew, of course, would fit the bill as that infield bat.

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