Trade deadline

Sep 1, 2019
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We have a young, solid core and Bloom is working to maintain it while fielding a product that is very fun to watch. I thought this was a third/fourth place team at the beginning of the year.
I think this is the right perspective. We should enjoy the rest of this season--whatever it brings--while being realistic about our chances. No reason to jump off the Tobin if the Rays or even Yankees overtake us.

We've done a lot better than almost anyone expected, and the future is-as you say--looking bright indeed. Four World Series titles should earn management some fan patience.
 

Harry Hooper

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McAdam has a great piece in the BSJ on the trade deadline frenzy:

...when the Cubs and Nationals got together for the start of a series Friday night, the teams had just finished dealing 17 major league players from their rosters.

Just because the Red Sox didn't do more at the deadline doesn't mean the entire exercise was without merit for them. The Sox could well have laid the foundation for deals -- those not involving players on expiring contracts -- that could be restarted this offseason. Some of the discussions held in the last week involved concepts that were not focused on the short-term, including at least one deal that would have meant taking on a big contract in order to obtain some elite prospects. The Sox pursued this last winter with the Adam Ottavino deal (getting pitching prospect Frank German thrown in), and are interested in doing more of it.
Taking on a big contract = a Hosmer reference?
 

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Davis probably had the misfortune of walking past Ben Cherington’s open office door when he was on the line with Chad. Cherington has a vested interest in Chavis succeeding since he was responsible for using a #1 pick to acquire him. Also, “If you’re going to juice, you’d better produce.” Chavis was persona non grata after his 80 game suspension. Ben and Michael can rekindle their bro-mance.
I doubt if Chavis had hit the ball consistently the last two years Bloom would have given a rat's ass about him being suspended. We have media people to keep reminding us of such things, the front office doesn't usually work that way.
 

Humphrey

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I think this is the right perspective. We should enjoy the rest of this season--whatever it brings--while being realistic about our chances. No reason to jump off the Tobin if the Rays or even Yankees overtake us.

We've done a lot better than almost anyone expected, and the future is-as you say--looking bright indeed. Four World Series titles should earn management some fan patience.
We should jump off the Tobin if the Yankees overtake us. Not because it's the Yankees but because with this many games left, it shouldn't happen.
 

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For Bryant alone, the Rays and Cubs talked about a deal that would have sent center fielder Kevin Kiermaier and prospects to Chicago, according to major-league sources. That trade, however, would have been relatively straightforward compared to a bigger deal the teams kicked around for Bryant and Kimbrel — one that centered around injured Rays ace right-hander Tyler Glasnow.
https://theathletic.com/2746929/2021/08/02/rosenthal-rays-discussed-creative-possibilities-in-talks-with-cubs-for-kris-bryant-and-craig-kimbrel/?redirected=1
 

Al Zarilla

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We should jump off the Tobin if the Yankees overtake us. Not because it's the Yankees but because with this many games left, it shouldn't happen.
I guess the Red Sox had to grow a whole new fan base after 1978 then (twice as big of a games ahead frittered away compared with anything that could happen this year).
 

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We all lived through the Hindenburg-esque disaster that was 2011. This is like a slow moving fire in your detached garage by comparison.