Red Sox acquire Tommy Pham

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Are they stapling a prospect to him or something?
 

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I was begging for them to sign him in the off-season. That they finally acquire a platoon mate for JBJ, a guy who can mash lefties (834 OPS this year), on August 1st is kind of laughable.

He has a $6M option for next year, I guess the team finds that appealing?
 

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No way Pham exercises his part of the option. He can get more than $4.5 on the market.

If he's not flipped again then I gotta think Verdugo is on the move. The Sox now have three outfielders who can only play left field.
 

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If they're selling some guys and buying some other guys and still trying to compete then he's a pretty big improvement to an outfield that has 3 guys that can't hit lefties
 

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No way Pham exercises his part of the option. He can get more than $4.5 on the market.

If he's not flipped again then I gotta think Verdugo is on the move. The Sox now have three outfielders who can only play left field.
He’s making $6M this year, and he’s only gotten older. If they plan on acquiring him just for the rest of the regular season, than it’s incredibly puzzling.
 

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If they're selling some guys and buying some other guys and still trying to compete then he's a pretty big improvement to an outfield that has 3 guys that can't hit lefties
True. Also has one of the better walk rates in MLB, which can't hurt this lineup.
 

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He’s making $6M this year, and he’s only gotten older. If they plan on acquiring him just for the rest of the regular season, than it’s incredibly puzzling.
Essentially $7.5M with the buyout.

Hard to say. Eddie Rosario got 2/$18 last offseason and Brad Miller got 2/$10. I think a lot of teams shy away from Pham's whole thing though, so maybe his market is limited.
 

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Puzzled. Maybe they have a deal in the works where they are going to be getting an OF and they need a guy like Pham to send to the other team?

That actually makes no sense. I don't get it.
 

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True. Also has one of the better walk rates in MLB, which can't hurt this lineup.
Though I probably could have added, unless he just became available, this is probably a move they should have made a few weeks ago once Kike had his setback
 

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Puzzled. Maybe they have a deal in the works where they are going to be getting an OF and they need a guy like Pham to send to the other team?

That actually makes no sense. I don't get it.
It highly suggests to me that we are subtracting an outfielder. Whether that's trading Verdugo or Duran or simply releasing JBJ is the question.
 

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If we’re going to be bad, I’d at least like to be likeable. Pham seems like a toxic weirdo. Hopefully this is just a stopover on his way to somewhere else.
 

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This dude is a colossal prick. And isn’t even that good of a player to make it ignorable. If JBJ, Duran or Verdugo are gone just bring up someone form AA/AAA and call it a season.
 

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Though I probably could have added, unless he just became available, this is probably a move they should have made a few weeks ago once Kike had his setback
Right. Also: Kiké is swinging a bat again and should return some time in August, per Cora yesterday.
 

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Bloom isn't exactly in the running for executive of the year is he? Is there even a plan to what he's doing? Just seems like a parade of has-beens and see what sticks to the wall. (Edit : "Has-beens" or "never were's")
 

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Bloom isn't exactly in the running for executive of the year is he? Is there even a plan to what he's doing? Just seems like a parade of has-beens and see what sticks to the wall.
There's no way he's done. Another 22.5 hours to go.
 

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Good news ... Duran no longer has the worst base running instincts on the Red Sox
 

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Also perplexed by this. Will wait until the deadline passes before really passing judgment, but boy this is a weird one. It's not like this team needs another bat to hit lefties. The Sox as a team are already very good against lefties and struggle against righties.
They have 3 outfielders, if you count Franchy as an outfielder, with OPS of under .500 vs lefties this year
 

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By acquiring Pham, will they even be able to get under the cap?
Spotrac shows Pham's 2022 cap hit at $2.1 million. After trading Vaz and Diekman, Sox are a little over $4 mil over the 2022 luxury tax limit of $230 million. Depending on what's coming back, trading JD might get us there ($22 mil luxury tax hit for full-year 2022, so I think we would be shedding $7 mil pro-rated).
 
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