Boston Red Sox

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 15: Red Sox Owner John Henry looks on during a press conference addressing the departure of Alex Cora as manager of the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on January 15, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. A MLB investigation concluded that Cora was involved in the Houston Astros sign stealing operation in 2017 while he was the bench coach. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff,

The “Big 4” of the Red Sox front office – principal owner John Henry, CEO Sam Kennedy, chairman Tom Werner, and chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom – all released statements after the trade of Mookie Betts and David Price to the Dodgers became official.

They had NOTHIN’.

The truth is there’s no positive way to spin the Betts trade. Past mistakes finally caught up to the front office and now they may be left with, at best, a middling team in the American League. A borderline playoff team. Which is arguably a worse position to be in than straight-up tanking.

It didn’t help ownership that they fired off these faceless statements on Monday, while forcing Bloom to hold a press conference by himself. And in their statements they used an excessive amount of words for just a blast of empty blather.

You can read each of the full statements below if you want, but we’ll offer you a rough translation for each.

Henry: “I have a plan I just need some money.”

Werner: “Thank you for starring in my TV show.”

Kennedy: “They were good.”

Bloom: “I’ve known Mookie and David since October. Thank you for three unforgettable months.”

This is not to pile on Bloom, although he’s going to be the one we look at for the return he got on the trade. But this really had nothing to do with him. It was a clear call from ownership to make the deal happen so the Red Sox could get under the luxury tax. Every team tries to do that, but in Boston it’s extremely unfortunate – borderline unacceptable – that Betts was the sacrificial lamb.

So they made the deal, nobody’s happy, and they didn’t really face the music on it either. For now, fans will have to live with these … statements.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at