Tom Werner says ownership’s ‘coronary heart and soul is with the Red Sox,’ and the team is not going to be sold

To begin with, Henry (who additionally owns the Globe) and Werner aren’t promoting the team.

“Absolutely no plans,” Werner mentioned. “People ought to know that not solely are our brains into attempting to repair the last-place end however our hearts are with our followers.

“I’m 72; John’s 72. We have a want to win many extra World Series right here. As lengthy as we’re wholesome, we’re going to be hopefully enhancing the stewardship of the Red Sox.”

Fenway Sports Group now owns Liverpool FC, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and different entities. Werner acknowledged that FSG is searching for new buyers however insisted that it might not change its focus.

“Our coronary heart and soul is with the Red Sox,” he mentioned.

Werner chuckled at the concept that Henry being booed earlier than the NHL’s Winter Classic at Fenway led to Devers agreeing to a brand new contract a number of days later.

“That’s form of implausible,” he mentioned. “We’ve been attempting to signal Raffy for a very long time. By the method, house owners get booed. That’s a part of the deal. If you possibly can’t stand the warmth, get out of the kitchen.”

The Sox stay dedicated to Bloom, who was employed in 2019. The team is 4 video games over .500 in three seasons since.

“I believe that he is certainly one of the finer heads of baseball operations in baseball,” Werner mentioned. “He had a tricky yr final yr; all of us had a tricky yr.

“I endorse him. I’m enthusiastic about his long-term plans.”

Werner then pushed again on the concept that possession has decreased payroll, mentioning accurately that the Sox have lengthy been in the higher echelon of the sport.

“I do not know if we’re 4, 5, or six, however we’re not a small-market team,” he mentioned. “Our followers count on us to be aggressive and we strive to be aggressive.”

The Sox are, for the second, sixth in payroll and have plans to spend additional forward of spring coaching. But even at sixth, they’re effectively behind the Mets and Yankees.

Werner was “very disillusioned” the Sox weren’t in a position to re-sign shortstop Xander Bogaerts.

“I like the man,” Werner mentioned. “He’s a task mannequin. He’s certainly one of the most spectacular guys I’ve ever met.

“He had the proper to change into a free agent. I’m glad for him he made the deal with the Padres as a result of it is a rare deal.”

The 11-year, $280 million contract with San Diego takes Bogaerts by means of his age-40 season.

“A deadly slope,” Werner mentioned, talking usually about the variety of long-term contracts signed this winter round baseball. “One of the causes that we signed Raffy is that even at the finish of his deal, he is 36. I believe he is received his finest years forward of him.”

I requested Werner if the Sox ought to have been extra aggressive of their negotiations with Bogaerts throughout spring coaching final season.

“I like Xander,” Werner mentioned. “I do not know, possibly there was a second in time once we might have had a deal with him. But it was additionally his proper to change into a free agent and I anticipated him to take a look at the market.”

Werner mentioned it was “not acceptable” for the Sox to end final twice in the final three seasons. But he did not classify the coming season as a rebuild.

“No, it is not,” he mentioned. “We have a core of excellent gamers and added to it. I’ve received a number of confidence in our farm system.”

Bloom, who has endured a chilly winter in the area of public notion, took a victory lap for getting Devers signed.

“He’s not only a star, he is our star,” Bloom mentioned. “It’s an exquisite factor to retain a homegrown participant who loves Boston.”

Bloom then thanked the workers members who performed a task in growing Devers earlier than pausing to inform followers that he understands their frustration.

“I’m hoping immediately when you concentrate on what we at all times discuss and the place we’re going and this imaginative and prescient of a Red Sox group that yearly is constantly contending for championships, I’m hoping that imaginative and prescient is a little bit clearer for you immediately,” he mentioned.

Werner is a believer, which was simple to say on a day when Devers had on a pointy swimsuit and everybody was smiling.

Check again in six months.

Peter Abraham can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.

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