Milliken on Alex Verdugo trade: ‘They were done with him’
Alex Verdugo has been traded to the New York Yankees in Craig Breslow’s first big trade in Boston. Our resident baseball guy, Tyler Milliken, shared his thoughts on the trade with Zolak & Bertrand on Tuesday:
‘Give credit to Craig Breslow’
“If you watched Alex Cora, his little interview on MLB Network this morning, he was glowing. He looked like there was pressure off his shoulders. One less thing to worry about, one less guy to have to babysit. It goes back to August when that whole incident played out. Cora called it the hardest day he’s ever had as a manager. That was the final straw. They were done with him. They’ve been trying to train him for a year. The Yankees and them we’re talking a year ago about Alex Verdugo. It’s just come to fruition now. I think they had hoped always they were going to get a little bit more than they did. This is what the price was. And I give credit to Craig Breslow for not choosing a lesser package because the deal was in division with your arch enemy.
“I think it’s a solid return. I’m not going to tell you, like Breslow fleeced them or anything like that, but Richard Fitts, I compare him somewhat to a Josh Winckowski Eastern League pitcher of the Year last year will start in triple-A, entering his age 24 season ceiling of a back end starter, something they don’t have at triple-A. You want to talk about blaming Chaim Bloom for things? There’s no one in triple-A right now. Greg Weissert reliever up and down guy more depth in that department. And then Nicholas Judice, someone who was drafted in 2023 eighth round, never pitched in pro ball, but someone the Red Sox liked. Another issue with Chaim, some of the drafting philosophies, they didn’t go after enough pitching.”
LISTEN: Zolak & Bertrand react to the Alex Verdugo trade