With no franchise superstar, no manager, and - frankly - no hope, the Boston Red Sox are staring down the barrel at a painful season.
Boston Red Sox fans had better savor the next few days. The Mookie Betts trade has stalled. For now. Enjoy it while you can, Red Sox fans. This is the last time the team will feel relevant for a long, long time.
Because times are changing in Boston.
As sad as that is for fans of the franchise to accept, it’s the truth.
We all know why the Red Sox hired Chaim Bloom. His success rate with the Tampa Bay Rays – on one of the lowest payrolls in the league – caught the eye of Boston’s ownership.
He’s here to reduce the outlay that the Red Sox have endured in recent years, and in the short-term at least, that means a lot of pain for an organization that’s used to buying its way into the playoff hunt.
Bloom’s ushering in this new thrifty era in Boston in a big way – by trading away the team’s franchise player, Mookie Betts.
Don’t get me wrong. You can’t sell me on Betts being worth what he’s asking. But losing him is still an indicator of where this ball club is heading.
And that’s not to a World Series – at least not anytime soon.
The main aim of this club is to stay under the competitive balance threshold. Winning games and giving the fans something to cheer about?
Not so much.
Maybe this was always going to be the price of World Series success in 2018. But it’s a lot less enjoyable in 2020, with Betts on his way out and the Yankees just two months removed from inking Gerrit Cole to a blockbuster $324 million deal.
The roster isn’t the only thing in disarray. The search for Alex Cora’s replacement is in its fifth week.
We’ve already seen the likes of Ron Roenicke, Carlos Febles, Luis Urueta, and Mark Kotsay interview for the position. And still it remains unfilled.
Most believe the hunt is reaching its conclusion, but Red Sox pitchers and catchers report to spring training in just four days. It’s staggering that Boston has let the process slog on for this long.
It’s hard to believe that this time last year, the Boston Red Sox were heading into spring training as the defending World Series champions.
By September 10, President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski was history, and the franchise was heading for a .519 season.
We’re two weeks from the opening game of spring training as the Red Sox line up against the Northeastern Huskies on February 21.
There’s likely to be no David Price and no Mookie Betts on the roster when the team takes to the field. There may be a manager if ownership can get their act together.
What a difference a year makes indeed.
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This article was edited by Josiah Wilmoth.
Last modified: February 7, 2020 8:55 PM UTC