Red Sox Notes: Deadline, Bogaerts, Devers, Bell

We’re making an attempt to make the postseason,” Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom instructed NESN’s Tom Caron previous to Tuesday’s recreation (hat tip to MassLive.com’s Christopher Smith). This declaration, made per week previous to the commerce deadline, seemingly ended some hypothesis that the Red Sox would look to be deadline sellers, though Bloom couched his assertion with some intriguing caveats:So no matter meaning, we’ll discover numerous stuff [at the trade deadline]. Some of them could be issues folks count on. Some of them may not be. But you already know, we wish to get this group into the postseason.”

It is value noting that the Sox misplaced to the Guardians on each Tuesday and Wednesday, dropping Boston’s document to 49-50 for the season. With a 7-19 mark over their final 26 video games, the Red Sox have gone from main the wild card race to 4 video games out of a wild card slot altogether, and in final place within the aggressive AL East.

If Boston cannot string some wins collectively shortly, it’s doable the Sox might flip into extra full-fledged promote mode by the August 2 deadline. However, Bloom’s feedback appear to trace that the crew might attempt to thread the needle and each purchase and promote on the similar time — maybe shifting some pending free brokers, however including longer-term items that would additionally nonetheless present some speedy assist.

Beyond Bloom’s public feedback, The Boston Globe’s Alex Speier writes that in relation to deadline plans, “ttypical responses from these inside and out of doors the group have ranged from ‘it is all in play’ to ‘perhaps each’ to objections to the purchase/promote dichotomy to shrugs of uncertainty.” Despite all of those choices, a very huge shakeup does not look like so as, as each Bloom and (in an interview on WEEI’s The Greg Hill Show) crew president/CEO Sam Kennedy every dominated out the potential for Xander Bogaerts p Rafael Devers being dealt.

There’s been no discussions or commentary internally or externally about strikes associated to the commerce deadline involving Xander, Raffy, or anybody else to my data. At this level, we’re targeted on getting again on this factor and profitable,” Kennedy mentioned. Not solely have talks concerning the two All-Stars not taken place, “we do not plan to” maintain such talks, Bloom added.

Bogaerts can choose out of his contract following the season, and ever since Boston signed Trevor Story to a free agent deal, there was widespread feeling that Bogaerts will likely be taking part in elsewhere in 2023. Extension talks with each Bogaerts and Devers previous to the season didn’t lead to any progress, which then led to elevated hypothesis about Devers additionally maybe leaving in free company following the 2023 marketing campaign.

If a teardown is not so as, and standing pat does not look like an possibility for a crew with clear roster wants, it then turns into a query of what kinds of upgrades the Red Sox will pursue by August 2. One apparent identify on paper does not look like a precedence, as NBC Sports Boston’s John Tomase studies that the Sox have had solely “cursory curiosity” in Nationals first baseman Josh Bell. While the Sox have had some talks about Bell, “their curiosity was described extra as kicking the tires.”

First base has been a weak hyperlink for the Red Sox all yr lengthy, and since Bell is probably the probably participant to be moved previous to the deadline, the 2 sides appeared like a logical match. Bell could be a pure rental, because the slugger is about free of charge company after the yr, and the Nats could be in line to recoup a compensatory decide if Bell left provided that the qualifying provide system will once more be in place for the 2022-23 offseason

Anything the Sox or different groups provide the Nationals for Bell, due to this fact, must prime the worth of that compensatory decide for Washington to go forward with a deal. For a crew just like the Red Sox that’s maybe on the fringes of contending, that may very well be an excessive amount of of a value to pay, whereas different recognized Bell suitors just like the Astros, Mets, or Brewers may very well be extra amenable since Bell would improve their possibilities of profitable a championship.

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