“We try to make the playoffsRed Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom told NESN’s Tom Caron before Tuesday’s game (hats off to Christopher Smith of MassLive.com). This statement, made a week before the trade deadline, apparently put an end to some speculation that the Red Sox would look like deadline sellers, although Bloom framed his statement with some intriguing caveats. : “So whatever that means, we’re going to explore a lot [at the trade deadline]. Some of them might be things people expect. Some of them might not be. But you know, we want to get this group into the playoffs.”
It should be noted that the Sox lost to the Guardians on Tuesday and Wednesday, dropping Boston’s record to 49-50 for the season. Going 7-19 in their last 26 games, the Red Sox have gone from leading the wildcard race to four games out of a wildcard berth overall, and to last place in the AL East competition.
If Boston can’t string together a few wins quickly, it’s possible the Sox could go into full-fledged sell-out mode by the Aug. 2 deadline. However, Bloom’s comments seem to hint that the team could try to thread the needle and buy and sell at the same time – perhaps moving some pending free agents, but adding elements to more. term that could also provide immediate relief.
Beyond Bloom’s public comments, Alex Speier of the Boston Globe writes that when it comes to timelines, “tTypical responses from those inside and outside the organization range from “it’s all in the game” to “maybe both” to objections to the buy/sell dichotomy to shrugs of uncertainty .“Despite all of these options, a real reshuffle doesn’t seem to be in order, as Bloom and (in an interview on WEEI’s The Greg Hill Show) team president/CEO Sam Kennedy have each ruled out the possibility of Xander Bogaerts Where rafael devers being processed.
“There has been no discussion or comment internally or externally of any trade deadline-related moves involving Xander, Raffy, or anyone else that I know of. At this point, we are focused on getting back into this area and winning“, said Kennedy. Not only the discussions on the two All-Stars did not take place, “we do not plan toto hold such discussions, Bloom added.
Bogaerts can opt out of his contract after the season, and since Boston signed Trevor’s Story to a free agent deal, there was widespread sentiment that Bogaerts will play elsewhere in 2023. Extension talks with Bogaerts and Devers before the season yielded no progress, which later led to speculation increased on Devers may also go to free agency following the 2023 campaign.
If a takedown isn’t in order and standing doesn’t seem like an option for a team with clear roster needs, then it becomes a question of what kinds of upgrades the Red Sox have. will continue by August 2. An obvious name on paper doesn’t seem like a priority, as NBC Sports Boston’s John Tomase reports the Sox have had only “superficial interest” in the Nationals first baseman. Josh Bell. While the Sox have had discussions on Bell, “their interest was described more as a kick in the tires.”
First base has been a weak link for the Red Sox all year, and since Bell is perhaps the player most likely to be moved before the deadline, the two teams seemed like a logical match. Bell would be a pure hire, as the slugger is put into free agency after the year, and the Nats would be in line to recoup a compensatory pick if Bell leaves given that the qualifying offer system will be in place again for 2022. -23 out of season.
Anything the Sox or other teams offer the Nationals for Bell would therefore have to exceed the value of that compensatory pick for Washington to move forward with a deal. For a team like the Red Sox that may be on the fringes of the fight, that might be too expensive to pay, while other known Bell suitors like the Astros, Mets or Brewers might be more receptive since Bell would increase their chances of winning a championship.