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Thu October 3, 2013

Breaking Down The Cost Of The 2013 Red Sox Season

The Boston Red Sox.
The Boston Red Sox.
Credit Associated Press

Back in 2007, Red Sox enthusiasm was at fever pitch. The roster was stacked with big names and even bigger personalities who led the team to its second championship in three years. But this year, that level of excitement seems to have tapered, despite the fact that the Sox have the best record in baseball.

WGBH News reporter Edgar B. Herwick III and Northeastern University law professor and sports expert Roger Abrams joined Greater Boston to talk about what's changed (video below), and break down the numbers for the season.

2013 RED SOX TEAM COSTS

Red Sox 2013 Payroll*
 $158,967,286

Cost Per Win
97 Wins
$1,638,838 Per Win

Cost Per Home Run
178 Home Runs
$893,074.64 Per Home Run

Cost Per Run
853 Total Runs
$186,362.58 Per Run

Cost Per Hit
1566 Total Hits
$101,511.68 Per Hit

Cost Per Base
2521 Total Bases
$63057.23 Per Base

Cost Per Home Run Among Top Home Run Hitters
David Ortiz – 30 home runs  @ $14,500,000 – $483,333.33 per home run
Mike Napoli – 23 home runs @ $5,000,000 – $217,391.30 per home run
Will Middlebrooks – 17 home runs at @$498,000 – $29,294.11 per home run
Shane Victorino – 15 home runs @ $13,000,000 – $866,666.67 per home run

Cost Per Hit Among Top Hitters
Dustin Pedroia – 193 hits @ $10,250,000 - $53,108.81 per hit
Jacoby Ellsbury – 172 hits @ $9,000,000 - $52,325.58 per hit
David Ortiz – 160 hits @ $14,500,000 - $90,625 per hit
Shane Victorino – 140 hits @ $13,000,000 - $92,857.14 per hit

Cost Per Win among Top Pitchers (Wins)
John Lester – 15 wins @ $11,625,000 – $775,000 per win
Clay Buchholz – 12 wins $5,750,000 – $479,166.67 per win
Felix Dubront – 11 wins @ $518,500 – $47,136.36 per win
John Lackey  – 10 wins @ 15,950,000 – $1,595,000 per win
Ryan Dempster – 8 wins @ 13,250,000 – $1,656,250 per win

Cost Per Strikeout among Top Pitchers (Strikeouts)
John Lester – 177 strikeouts @ $11,625,000 – $65,677.97 per strikeout  
John Lackey  – 161 strikeouts @ 15,950,000 – $99,068.32 per strikeout
Ryan Dempster – 157 strikeouts @ 13,250,000 – $84,394.90 per strikeout
Felix Doubront – 139 strikeouts @ $518,500 – $3,730.22 per strikeout

*according to AP estimates of the 25 man roster at the start of the year (the figure is the adjusted payroll, which takes into account cash received in trades, prorated signing bonuses, and other tweaks)
 

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