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Mazz: For starters, safety rules ain't worth spit

In the midst of a global pandemic, certain rules make all the sense in the world. Others don’t. Outside the foul lines and between innings? The more the better. But if were going to go through all these measures … isn’t the point so that players can play the game on the field without significant limitation?

Mazz: Did the door just open for the return of Mookie Betts?

Translation: the pandemic and its effects would have major free agency ramifications for a player who has been intent on going to the market from seemingly the day he set foot in the big leagues. And while the likelihood is that Betts would choose a one-year contract and hit the market when all economies are healthier, could the offer like the one the Red Sox presented him last spring be back in play?

Mazz: On Opening Day ... an opening salvo

David Price (and those like him) makes his $31 million annually, fully guaranteed, and takes an eternity between pitches. And then, when the notion of the pitch clock comes up, he doesn’t merely hold on to the ball. They hold on to the ball and defiantly tell you that they have no intention of changing, directly spitting into the face of the person who matters most: you.

The Baseball Reporters Podcast - Offseason: Analyzing Red Sox Ownership and Recent Trades

Mazz recaps the Mookie Betts trade and the stance of Red Sox ownership during the annual availability of team ownership at spring training. Sox ownership comments, the value of the deal and the reasons behind the trade are all addressed. Coming soon: The Baseball Reporters returns to daily programming!

Mazz: The one question the Red Sox still haven't answered

If the Red Sox knew they had to be under the luxury tax threshold as far back as the fall of 2018, why did ownership “green-light” the combined $213 million signings ($43 million annually in luxury tax) of Chris Sale and Nathan Eovaldi, two pitchers with histories of breaking down?

Mazz: The real story of this trade? It's not about Mookie Betts - it's about Chaim Bloom

Does Chaim Bloom really know what he is doing? Did the Red Sox get even remotely decent value for Mookie, even if Betts did have just one year remaining on his contract? Are the Red Sox merely cycling through another GM (and manager) since the departure of Theo Epstein (and Terry Francona), or are they actually building something again with a longer-term, more sustainable model?