Originally Posted by Unassisted
Will deferred payments to Griffey count in the payroll calculation that determines whether the Reds qualify for luxury tax?
I could see avoiding luxury tax being held up as an obstacle in the future.
I can't, the Reds are still well below the league average (mean, not median). Only teams at the very top of the payroll scale pay the luxury tax.
Frankly, we could only hope to be so lucky as to have that problem, though I would think if the Reds counted Jr.'s full salary against the current and previous payrolls (per the luxury tax) then they couldn't be charged for it in the future. Whether they did that, I don't know.