Boston Red Sox: This dude Chaim Bloom ‘isn’t going to survive in Boston’

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The Boston Red Sox were obvious buyers ahead of the 2022 MLB Trade Deadline just a few weeks ago.  The team steamrolled the month of June and was looking like a team just a player or two away seriously contending for a World Series championship.

While MLB rumors had Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom raiding team’s rosters for potential upgrades, there were a couple of harsh realities hovering over the team in the form of contract extensions for both Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers.

When the team was winning, those issues were swept up the rug a little bit.  But, after the team has gone in a post-June swoon, a team once on the brink of becoming a front runner for the title suddenly looks like the worst team in the league highlighted or low lighted by a 28-5 beatdown at the hands of the Toronto Blue Jays.  All that was right in the world just weeks ago is now exposing everything wrong with the Boston Red Sox in 2022.

The Boston Red Sox are on a self-afflicted downfall

Injuries, bad luck, and historic individual slumps aside, the Red Sox are now becoming defined by the lack of hustle shown by Jarren Duran on a routine fly ball that turned into an inside-the-park grand slam in which he just waived his hands and watched.

Are the Red Sox waving their hands and watching?  Are they waving their hands and asking what the heck is going on in the front office?  Has Chaim Bloom lost the confidence of Red Sox manager Alex Cora and the players who want to win?

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If they and we are asking these questions, former players like Jonathan Papelbon is certainly keeping an eye on Mr. Bloom and isn’t afraid to speak his mind.  Just like David Ortiz has blasted Bloom and the Red Sox front office over their handling of both Devers and Bogaerts, the former Red Sox closer criticized the chief over that and that and other decisions that has the team in this position.

"“If Chaim Bloom keeps this act up, he ain’t going to survive in Boston,” Papelpon said during an appearance on WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Show,” on Friday.  “You want to talk about being able to play in Boston, this dude isn’t going to survive in Boston because you’ve got to win in Boston.  If you’re a general manager and you’re not winning in Boston and you’re not keeping up with what other teams are doing and what other teams are paying and how other teams are winning – guess what, you’re not going to have a job, just like the players.”"

In other words what Papelbon is saying is stop being cheap and stop being afraid to pay players at key positions.  As much luck as Bloom has had taking flyers on players like KeKe Hernandez and Michael Wacha, the team gets really exposed when those types of players are depended upon when the Red Sox face the beef of the MLB.

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MLB Trade Deadline aside, Bloom must make decisions on Devers and Bogaerts and have a plan in mind.  With Bogarts being on the other side of 30, it is acceptable if the team doesn’t want to pay the bank for his services. But, have a plan and stop beating around the bush.

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In Devers, this team and Bloom can’t afford to have a Mookie Betts repeat.  They have one of the best young players in the game who is on the brink of super stardom.  Devers is the type of player the Boston Red Sox used to pull out blank checks when other teams couldn’t afford their talent.

Now, through Bloom, the Red Sox are a big market team pretending like they have a small market bank account. Quite frankly, it’s time to start acting like a real team both on the field and in the front office.