February 25, 2021

Chaim Bloom says Red Sox prioritized ‘big picture’ over fan reaction in trading Mookie Betts (ESPN)


FORT MYERS, Fla. — Boston Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom publicly addressed the blockbuster trade of Mookie Betts and David Price to the Los Angeles Dodgers for the first time Monday, saying that the trade of the star outfielder and pitcher represented the best move for the franchise in “the big picture.”

“What Mookie and David are capable of on the field is a lot,” Bloom said. “I think it’s reasonable to expect that we’re going to be worse without them. We have really good talent coming back, we’ve added talent to the roster this winter, and I think it’s important to point out that at the beginning of the winter, this team had a lot more talent than the 84 wins we put up last year. We still think there’s plenty of talent here to compete.”

Monday’s announcement confirmed the return package for Boston in the trade with the Dodgers, with outfielder Alex Verdugo, infield prospect Jeter Downs and catching prospect Connor Wong going to the Red Sox. Although owner John Henry’s “goal” — not “mandate” — for Boston to get under the luxury tax threshold sparked rumors around the star right fielder months ago, Bloom said Boston would have considered trading Betts even if the…

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