Is Bloom the next Epstein – or at least something far closer to it than Ben Cherington or Dave Dombrowski? Maybe. Let’s hope so. Because while the Red Sox actually have won one more title than Epstein since his departure, they’ve lived an elevator existence that has brought their fan base to the exhaustive point of emotional detachment. At the end of the day, they’re just getting too hard to live with anymore.
If you’re looking for any sort of narrative on the Chaim Bloom Era so far, this is it: he hasn’t exactly come out guns blazing. Bloom’s moves as Red Sox GM thus far have been small, conservative and boring … which is precisely what you’d expect from a team like, say, the Tampa Bay Rays. Whether those kinds of deals can pass muster in Boston over the longer term remains to be seen, particularly if the Red Sox remain relatively invisible on the Boston sports landscape.
Are they this bad? No. But they’re not going to be championship-caliber for a while, either. And Bloom knows it. So do Henry and everyone else in the organization. They’re just not going to say it because they still want you to pay attention. But the upcoming free agent market stinks for starting pitching and the Red Sox are in no real position to deal prospects, which leaves Bloom with decidedly few options.
The Red Sox are a mess, folks. And there are no simple fixes here. Even if Chris Sale and Eduardo Rodriguez come back healthy next year, the Red Sox are woefully short on young talent overall and young pitching, in particular. The best way to get it is through the draft, which brings us back to the idea of tanking, whether you want to call it that or not.
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?
The Red Sox front office opted to release statements rather than hold a press conference after the Mookie Betts trade. Here's a rough translation for each of the four statements that used a lot of words but said pretty much nothing.
By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com Imagine trading Mookie Betts, the face of your franchise, for two (probably broken) prospects in an obvious cost-cutting move. Now imagine not having the foresight to realize that your fans and media were going to be upset with such a move. Welcome to the apparent, absurdly out-of-touch world of Red Sox…
The Red Sox' trade of Mookie Betts and David Price was the culmination of years of bad financial decisions by John Henry and the front offiec.
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?
Obviously, there’s a lot to address here, particularly as the Red Sox look to shed payroll under a first-time general manager who must think he just bought a ticket on the Hindenburg. David Price is chronically unhappy. Mookie Betts probably wants out. Your $80 million starting rotation remains an unknown and your manager is in the eye of a historic cheating scandal.
The Red Sox are paying, and paying big, for their disappointing 2019 season.
Let’s not pretend that we know what Chaim Bloom is – or will be – because the truth is that we don’t have a clue. Sometimes, there is just no way to know how someone will perform until he is in the actual position.
Know what I think? I think the Red Sox knew a year ago – or more – that Friedman was entering the final year of his contract and that he might want to come to Boston. Heck, they probably talked to him – or someone close to him – while the Red Sox were cleaning up on the Dodgers in the 2018 World Series. And that is probably why Friedman hasn’t agreed to new terms with the Dodgers.
The Red Sox went 84-78, missed the playoffs, and want to slash payroll, but you can expect a "modest" increase in ticket prices for 2020.
The Red Sox, a team valued at $3 billion, are trying to cut significant dollars from their 2020 budget.
Buster Olney of ESPN reported this week that the Red Sox are viewed as a "miserable place to work" by potential GM candidates.
The Red Sox tried to bury the Dave Dombrowski news in the middle of the night and after the Patriots opener, writes Matt McCarthy
Make no mistake, what Dombrowski’s Sox achieved this year was every bit as extraordinary as in 2018: for the first time in a long, long time – maybe ever? – the Red Sox played a season in which they were largely irrelevant.
Xander Bogaerts' egregious baserunning blunder on Tuesday night illustrated the sheer stupidity and ineptitude that has defined the 2019 Red Sox.
Listen as Felger & Mazz reflect on perhaps the most famous moment in station history, when Red Sox owner John Henry visited for an impromptu interview.
This marks the third time Fenway will host a Liverpool match. The Reds came stateside for exhibitions against Italian club AS Roma in 2012 and 2014.
Here we are, five years after John Henry blew the Jon Lester situation. Now the owner is suggesting something altogether different. And it all suggests the team is now willing to pony up for yet another 30-year-old pitcher entering the final year of his contract.
For a team that struggled to score runs against the New York Yankees last season, the Red Sox made quite a statement against the Yankees this week in the teams’ first series of 2018. In taking 2-of-3 from New York, the Red Sox scored 27 runs. Last year, in 19 games, the Sox scored just…