Bobby V has been the biggest acquistion...too bad he can't pitch. (Photo: Getty Images)
John Henry has been called many things during his tenure as prinicipal owner of the Red Sox started in 2002. Some of them nice and many of them have been negative but the words "cheap", "thrifty", and "frugal" were usually nowhere to be found. But after reports came that the Red Sox would have to move players in order to acquire free agent Roy Oswalt, those were some of the gripes that people had against Henry and the rest of the ownership and that his new shiny toy across the pond in Liverpool is sucking up all of his funds.
It sounds incredibly preposterous to call Henry cheap when he has made it rain on players. Since 2002, the Red Sox have spent a little over $1.2 billion in salaries and $18.7 million in luxury taxes. He has spent a minimum of $100 million a season on payroll for all but one year when he spent $99,946,500 in 2003. This is the same ownership that has helped draw the ire of all the small market teams as both the Sox and New York Yankees we're having their own personal bidding war.