Chaim Bloom did what he was supposed to do. Working diligently around a less than ideal roster, Bloom traded pieces that he felt were expendable and more importantly he held together the core that will help form the next good Red Sox team.
I love that Bloom didn’t come close to trading Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers, and Alex Verdugo. That core never should’ve been considered and it seems they really weren’t. I’m equally happy that after gauging the market for Christian Vázquez they decided that he was more valuable with the Red Sox than he is elsewhere. Good catchers are hard to find, great ones even harder and I think Vazquez is somewhere in between.
The moves that he did make will bolster the farm for the future and give the Red Sox more chips with which to throw on the trading table over the winter. We project seven players that will need to be protected from the Rule 5 draft this winter and it seems more trades are likely in the offseason.
In this podcast Keaton and I spend lots of time breaking down all of the moves that were made and just as much about the moves that were not made. We also look forward to the 2021 and 2022 free agent classes to see who, if anyone, Bloom might add to this team.
The future is still uncertain, but I remain optimistic that Bloom is the right person for this job and that contending is much closer than it now appears. There are many reasons to continue to watch the Red Sox the remainder of this season with the newly promoted Bobby Dalbec being chief among them.
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