In a first look at this year’s trade deadline, New York Post’s Joel Sherman identifies the Red Sox 12-20 as potential sellers. Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom berates any notion that the team is preparing to kick off the season, telling Sherman “We don’t think so [selling] at all […] The hole we are in is real, but it does not reflect the talent of this club. We know it will take a long time to get through this, but we believe this group can do it.”
As a result, Sherman recognizes how much baseball there is left to play this season and opposes a total dismantling for a club that only made the playoffs last year. He also cites Boston’s frequent record swings over the past decade (the team has finished first and last in the AL East four times each), however, as reason to prepare for a disappointing final tally. With a number of teams already ahead of them in the hunt for the Wild Cards, not to mention their incredibly tough division, the Red Sox believe they have a harder time than most presumptive contenders reaching the playoffs this year. With a handful of impending All-Star free agents and a wide-open payroll in the upcoming offseason, there may not be a team more qualified to recharge at the trade deadline before trying. better results in 2023.
Some news from Boston…
- Pitch perspective Noah Song was selected by the Red Sox in the fourth round of the 2019 draft, but has since had his baseball career put on hold due to Navy commitments. As the Boston Globe’s Alex Speier details, however, Song has now finished flight school and has applied for a release from service that could allow him to resume his professional baseball career. At the time of his draft selection, scouts viewed the right-hander as a first-round talent with a mid-rotation advantage, although he had obvious signing hurdles, so his return could be a boon for a player. thriving agricultural system. It remains to be seen how a multi-year layoff from baseball could impact Song’s athletic abilities or whether additional naval obligations will prevent his discharge from service being approved, but the Sox, for their part, appear prepared. and favor one or the other outcome.
- In an interview with MassLive’s Christopher Smith, former Boston batting coach Tim Hyers explained why he left the franchise this offseason to play a similar role with the Rangers. Family considerations, the search for challenges and a desire to let current Red Sox batting coach Peter Fatse rise to the occasion all influenced his ultimate departure. Hyers was, of course, one of the sport’s most productive hitting coaches in terms of results, as the high-octane offense was the hallmark of Red Sox teams since his first year under the management of the Red Sox. ‘Alex Cora in 2018. Hyers’ coaching presence, and absence, seems to be felt by both his old and new club so far this season as Rangers have relatively improved as a scoring unit while the Red Sox currently find themselves in the bottom three teams in MLB in this regard. If there’s a silver lining here at the start for Sox fans, it’s that Hyers was approached by the Yankees after leaving his position with Boston but politely pushed the club away.