The Boston Red Sox can be defined as a “mid” baseball team. For those of you that don’t know, “mid” simply means that you are in the middle. An abbreviation if you will!
They aren’t particularly good and they aren’t the worst of teams in the MLB. With a 40-38 record, they find themselves in last place in the American League East. However, they would be first in several other divisions around the MLB.
Even though it’s a little over a month out, the MLB trade deadline will be here sooner rather than later. August 1st to be exact. But this trade deadline feels just a little bit more important if you’re a Red Sox fan like myself.
Boston Red Sox making a decision at the trade deadline regarding veteran guys
With the trade deadline will come tough decisions with veterans like Justin Turner, Adam Duvall, and Kikè Hernández.
Justin Turner has been a nice replacement for the departure of J.D. Martinez. Basically a one for one trade. He also brings a sense of leadership that this clubhouse desperately needs at the moment. Do you let him walk if you’re not where you’re at for a playoff spot?
Adam Duvall had a hot start to the 2023 season, even winning A.L. Player of the Week, before injuring his wrist and missing a significant amount of time. Now with the deadline approaching, do the Red Sox trade him to a contender and get a prospect or young player with service time?
Kiké Hernández has been a steady piece of the Red Sox for the last several years. But with underproduction and his contract up after this season, does the organization pull the plug on his time here too?
These are tough questions that only Chaim Bloom can answer.
Boston Red Sox potentially making a move for starting pitching
Now this is the question that I think will tell a lot about the Boston Red Sox for this year and even beyond: do they go out and get a starting pitcher or two with years of team control?
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We all knew coming into 2023 that the Red Sox had some question marks in the rotation. Well now, you’re starting to see the thinness of the starting rotation rear its ugly head.
Chris Sale is out until August at the absolute earliest. Tanner Houck needs facial surgery and will be out for a bit. Plus, you never know what you can get with James Paxton.
On top of all of that, Nick Pivetta and Corey Kluber have been tremendously disappointing as starters and had to be converted to relievers.
If you believe in this team, get a few starting pitchers that can come in and help solidify the rotation behind a guy like a Brayan Bello.
Upcoming MLB trade deadline will say a lot about Bloom’s vision
This trade deadline will tell us what ownership thinks about this team. Do they believe this team is any good or are they only thinking about the future?
We’ve been told to be patient. We were told to see the process through. So what exactly is that process?
Is the process continuing to have this mostly youth movement develop? Are we trying to win and be competitive? We will find out.
If Chaim Bloom doesn’t want to be on the hot seat more than he already is with Boston Red Sox fans, then he better work some magic before August 1st.