- May 25, 2021
I love Xander, but he's a 31-year-old shortstop. Matching San Diego's contract would have been foolish. Maybe Bloom tenders a big extension to Devers, or maybe he goes after Soto or Ohtani next winter, but Xander is not the guy you sign for 11 years.I will fully admit that the Betts trade significantly impacted my Sox fandom, but I thought the point of that trade was for the financial flexibility or whatever to... do stuff like re-sign X. Yeah the Padres paid a lot and there are arguments for and against that price, but man, it certainly seems like Bloom has no desire to even try to get top talent.
On one of the Celtics games recently, Scal was talking about the C's opponents and how they had good role players, but no star. They were a bunch of complementary talent with nothing to complement. I feel like this is where the Sox are now. I know Bloom was "looking at a few #2 pitchers" (sure, Jan) but ostensibly those would be in line behind Sale, a player I do not think is ever going to amount to much of anything again even though some people disagree with that assessment. I would be willing to bet good money that Devers is gone and that leaves the team with... not a ton.