The Boston Red Sox are worth over $2 billion and have a payroll just shy of $200 million, but on Tuesday, they were a part of a $100 transaction.
Yes, that number has just two zeroes in it.
When the team agreed to terms with the Milwaukee Brewers to acquire relief pitcher Tyler Thornburg, the Red Sox sent over Travis Shaw, two prospects and a player to be named later or cash. Per Major League Baseball rules, an alternate cash consideration is required to be listed for deals that involve a player to be named, just in case something goes wrong during the transaction process.
According to The Associated Press, Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said he and Brewers general manager David Stearns were so sure that there would be no problems with the deal that they wrote down $100 just for the sake of technicality.
“They usually don’t like when you make it $1,” Dombrowski said, “so we made it $100.”
The C-note made it official: Boston acquired Thornburg, and Milwaukee received Shaw, the two minor leaguers and the player to be named later … or a hundred bucks.
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