5. Ownership Doesn't Care About Winning Championships Anymore
When you look at the recent Red Sox rosters, it becomes obvious that the team hasn't really tried to win the World Series since 2019.
Since then, ownership and the front office have clearly pulled back. After leading the league in payroll in 2018 and 2019, Boston has reduced spending pretty dramatically and didn't even crack the top 10 in 2023. That's a major sign that ownership is less invested in the team and doesn't care as much about the on-field product.
There are other signs, too. Signing off on the Mookie Betts trade -- Boston's worst blunder since the sale of Babe Ruth -- rather than extending him was a big one. Letting Xander Bogaerts leave after blowing the Betts negotiations was another. Ownership desperately extended Rafael Devers to placate the fanbase, but it was too little, too late.
The Red Sox haven't even seriously pursued a superstar player since signing J.D. Martinez in 2018, let alone actually signed one (Trevor Story doesn't count). Boston used to be a team loaded with stars like Manny Ramirez, David Ortiz, Pedro Martinez etc., but instead the club has let most of its stars leave without bothering to replace them.
Fans hardly ever see or hear from the actual owners, either. John Henry and Tom Werner have been MIA for a long time now and have distanced themselves from the club, apparently too busy with their other business ventures in FSG (Fenway Sports Group) to care. They keep sending CEO Sam Kennedy out to the firing squad in press conferences, and Kennedy is the king of canned corporate BS.
Henry and co. have had an incredible run since buying the team in 2002 and we'll always be grateful for the four championships, but their hearts aren't in it anymore. The Red Sox are just another part of their portfolio, and they should sell the team to someone who actually gives a damn.
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