BOSTON, MA— In three days, two months would have officially passed since the Washington Nationals defeated the now-scandalized Houston Astros, and brought a World Series title back to the nation’s capital for the first time since 1924.
Since then, a lot has happened around the MLB. Anthony Rendon, the offensive workhouse that powered the Nationals to the title, is now in Anaheim. Gerrit Cole, the reigning AL Cy Young runner up and ace for the pennant-winning Houston Astros, signed with the rivaled New York Yankees, and former World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner now calls the desert home, after signing with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
But what has this MLB offseason told us about the Boston Red Sox and new President of Baseball Operations Chaim Bloom?
The answer is nothing. After a disappointing 2019 season in which the Sox missed the playoffs following a World Series title, Dave Dombrowski, was fired, along with pitching coach Dana Levangie. Enter the 36-year-old Bloom, the man who helped call the shots for the Tampa Bay Rays for the last 5 seasons.
Bloom is the exact opposite of what Dombrowski stood for. Specializing in analytics, Bloom was brought in to destroy the league’s highest salary cap in which Dombrowski created. With that being said, rumors rumbled across not only Red Sox nation, but the league as a whole, that major repercussions would come from this. Household names such as former Cy Young David Price, World Series hero Nathan Eovaldi, Gold Glove centerfielder Jackie Bradley Jr, and 2018 AL MVP Mookie Betts have been popular in the rumor mill. Yet, in two months of trades, acquisitions, and shuffling, the Red Sox have stood pat.
Aside from a few minor transactions, such as the additions of Jose Peraza and Martin Perez, and departures of Rick Porcello and Steven Wright, the Red Sox offseason, has been for the most part, lifeless. Questions still linger: where will Mookie Betts play in 2019? Will trade partners emerge for Jackie Bradley, Nathan Eovaldi, or David Price? Who will fill out the right half of the Red Sox infield?
Some believe that waiting longer could bode well for the Sox—as players disappear from the free agency wire, teams desperate for help will then look to the trade market, and conceivably stumble across the talents that Boston has to offer. While this may be true, as the offseason continues, that desperate feeling and sense of urgency goes both ways, with Spring Training drawing closer.
Furthermore, as time passes, the return in a trade involving any of these players weakens. When Bloom was hired in late October, he stated that his goal was to find sustained long term success. If Bloom hopes to find that, the first step should be unloading players such as Price, Eovaldi, and/or Bradley.
Red Sox fans are still left searching for answers, and ownership will need to find them with Spring Training less than two months away.