We’ve known Chaim Bloom has been delusional about the state of the Red Sox for some time now. He made that clear last winter when he famously promised the team was “going to be awesome” (spoiler alert: it wasn’t), and perhaps that explains why he’s unable to accurately evaluate the roster and acquire the help it needs.
Alex Cora always seemed more realistic about the club, especially its strengths and weaknesses, but now it seems like he’s started drinking Bloom’s Kool-Aid as well.
The line that sticks out to me is “I think we’re in a good spot.” Last time I checked, being tied for last place in the AL East is definitely not a good spot. In fact, it’s actually the opposite.
And it’s not like Boston just had a down year, either. The Sox are potentially headed for their third last-place finish in four seasons, which would only be the second time that’s happened to them in the last 90 years.
The team might end up winning a few more games than last year, but that’s hardly cause for celebration. Boston’s taking baby steps when it needs to be getting better by leaps and bounds.
Looking ahead, the path to contention in 2024 won’t be any easier. The Orioles are absolutely stacked and appear poised to dominate the AL East for years to come. The Rays are nearly as good, and the Blue Jays still have a tremendous core. The Yankees will surely be aggressive this winter after their disastrous season, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see them make a massive splash by signing Shohei Ohtani or trading for Mike Trout. Every team in the division currently has a winning record, and that might be true again next year.
But what do the Red Sox have? They have Rafael Devers, a few good young controllable players (Brayan Bello, Triston Casas, Ceddanne Rafaela), and an improving farm system, but that’s not nearly enough to contend in this division. Their pitching, defense and baserunning all rank near the bottom of the league, so there are more than “a few things” they need to do this offseason to fix this roster.
Cora’s clearly taking a glass-half-full approach, but he’s also probably just trying to say the right things to save his job this winter. If he was being honest, I’m sure he’d have a much different opinion of his boss and where things are going.
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