On September 9th, 2019 the Boston Red Sox fired their President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski after failing to make the playoffs after winning the World Series the year before. Dombrowski mainly took a lot of criticism for not make any moves at the MLB Trade Deadline when the team was in position to make a run at a Wild Card spot. But anyways fast forward to October 28th, 2019 and the Red Sox hire former Tampa Bay Rays executive Chaim Bloom. So what should you expect if you’re a Red Sox fan.
Well we’ve all seen the past 2 seasons what a surprise the Tampa Bay Rays have been. Winning 90+ games with only a $60 million payroll is no easy task but Bloom put together the right roster with the right manager and created a perfect storm for the Tampa Bay Rays an they’ve played a team brand of baseball instead of building around a star. Expect that to change a little bit since now he’s in the big market in Boston where he has money to spend and I expect him to spend that money but also do what he’s known best to do and that is to build up the farm system.
The biggest thing Red Sox fans are probably wondering is what’s Bloom’s plan for Mookie Betts who was the AL MVP in 2018 whose contract expires after this coming season. I honestly believe it comes down to what position in the standings the Red Sox are when the trade deadline approaches because if the two sides can’t come to an agreement this winter and by the time the deadline comes around you aren’t a contender your only choice really is to trade Mookie Betts. I personally believe they should trade Mookie Betts to build up that weak farm system because based on last season you really don’t know what to expect from Alex Cora and the Red Sox.
The next big thing for the Red Sox is to start bringing in the future stars in the farm system; the Red Sox have the 30th ranked farm system by Bleacher report and aren’t in milb.com’s Top 15 farm system rankings and none of their top prospects are seen as guys with a lot of potential. Especially if this team does decide to move on from Mookie Betts they still do have a very talented team with players like Xander Bogaerts, David Price, Chris Sale etc. So you put in a couple talented young players into the majors and get them experience while also being paired up with a very talented team that I believe can get back to doing some damage this season you could have a very good Red Sox team for many years to come and a lot of money to spend in free agency that they don’t spend on Mookie Betts. With Chaim Bloom at the helm the Red Sox are going to be dangerous for many years to come.
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