Betts is / was a huge loss. It’s not debatable.BUT BUT BUT . . . they were an 87-win team by the Pythag, dealt with a number of significant injuries, and had three potential future hall-of-famers age-26 or younger. Yes, they also had two bad contracts, one of which has already expired, while the other is now only the 34th-biggest contract in MLB. But if two bad contracts are enough to scare you from locking down a core of 3 young, potential HOFers and make you undertake a 4+ year bridge period, then what's the point of being one of the richest teams in global sports?
But where are the Sox if that “core” was locked down? Are they in better shape than TB, Toronto or Orioles? Better shape than the Mets or Padres? Please advise.