It doesn’t get any more Chaim Bloom than this. The Red Sox have reportedly looked into trading for Mets first baseman Dominic Smith, per Robert Murray of Fansided.
Credit is due to the Boston’s staff for recognizing a major problem, first base has been a struggle this year between Bobby Dalbec and Franchy Cordero. Cordero went into the All-Star break 0-for-16 in his last 16 at-bats with 15 strikeouts. In comparison to the rest of the first basemen units in the league, the Red Sox have the third-worst batting average (.202), the highest strikeout percentage (32 percent) and tie for the lowest WAR (-1.0).
Put simply, they need a first baseman.
Smith is an interesting choice of means to improve the position. He’s hitting a career-low .194 this season and has a -0.4 WAR.
Why would Bloom ever like him, then?
In the shortened 2020 season, Smith batted .316, and hit 10 home runs with 42 RBI’s over 50 games, not to mention his WAR was positive that season at 1.7. He finished 13th in MVP voting, and appeared to be on the rise.
Trying to find a player that’s shown potential in the past and acquiring him for dirt cheap feels like something Bloom loves to do. And while it isn’t clear what exactly the Red Sox will do at the trade deadline, it is clear that they need to make moves before Aug. 2. Boston entered the All-Star break fourth in the AL East at 48-45, but went 3-10 in its last 13 games, all against teams in its division.