Could Sunday’s MLB debut of Boston Red Sox top prospect Triston Casas show a path forward for Chaim Bloom amidst his crappy tenure?
So far, the Chaim Bloom era of the Red Sox has been a failure – an unforced failure at that. Many moves like the trading of Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi, and Hunter Renfroe to the inability to re-sign consistent well-performing players like Kyle Schwarber and (most likely) Xander Bogaerts or removing Garrett Whitlock from a depleted bullpen at the start of this season, have all inarguably brought the Sox backward.
The only glimmer of hope within Bloom’s reign has been his acquisitions of minor league talent.
Top talent the key to Boston Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom sticking around
While the major league product has been a floundering disappointment, the farm system has undoubtedly improved with Chaim. Guys like Marcelo Mayer, Blaze Jordan, Triston Casas, or Brayan Bello have all been picked up in Bloom’s tenure with the Red Sox.
And as veteran talent slowly disappears from the Red Sox, could a rebuild with this minor league talent prove to be Bloom’s best option?
Bloom is for sure on the hot seat right now in Boston. Reports from many sources have suggested that the Red Sox ownership group doesn’t have much confidence in Chaim’s plan or whether he even has one.
Following the trade deadline, Alex Speier of the Boston Globe (a newspaper owned by Red Sox owner John Henry) wrote about this lack of confidence in Chaim.
"“Multiple members of the organization — from players and uniformed personnel to front-office members — used a common word in assessing the team’s unwillingness to define itself as either a buyer or seller while orbiting the .500 mark at the Aug. 2 trade deadline: Confusion.”"
Further evidence from recent polling in the New England Channel Media and Market survey found that a large percentage of Red Sox fans disapprove of the job Chaim Bloom has done and believe that his presence in the Front Office is hurting the Sox.
Bloom may look to all this info and see that maybe his only option to keep his job and maintain respect within Red Sox Nation (outside of resigning Bogaerts and Devers) is to hitch his wagon to the success of his minor leaguers.
One of the top prospects in that system is Triston Casas, who just got his MLB debut Sunday against the Texas Rangers.
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And while Triston Casas didn’t necessarily blow the doors off in his debut against the Rangers on Sunday afternoon, his play at first base is already better than the pitiful platoon approach with Cordero and Dalbec earlier this season. His Sunday start, in which he also got his first major league hit, signaled to fans that he may be a long-term option for the club at first base.
Beyond his play on the field, Casas seems like a quirky, interesting character for fans to root for. An image of him sunbathing shirtless in the Fenway outfield was circulated by many Red Sox beat reporters Sunday.
If Casas can continue to be those things – not a negative defensive presence at first base, a somewhat consistent hitter, and a fun guy to root for – he’s already surpassed what the Red Sox had without him.
I still feel that the Boston Red Sox best option is to fire Chaim Bloom and pretend like he never existed. Handing off this minor league talent to a more traditional GM who can nurture them while also being savvy enough to spend money in the appropriate places (pitching, for example) is the smartest bet for the Red Sox.
But maybe Triston Casas and co will the way Chaim saves himself from the wrath of the ownership group and Red Sox Nation.