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  1. cantor44

    Ryan Westmoreland at Northeastern

    Thanks for this update - really great to read about his life going well and about this program! Much appreciated!
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    Matt Barnes DFA'd, traded to Marlins for LH reliever Bleier

    Totally agree. And Whitlock has certainly thrived in that role - better than he has as a starter. With the FA acquisitions, and Houck and Whitlock in the pen, the bullpen could well be a strength. That is, if another quality starter were acquired .... oy ... with this roster, you squeeze the...
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    Sox Sign OF Adam Duvall to 1 year deal

    Agreed that Kim should be the next move. Obviously the question is at what cost; but the fit seems ideal, honestly. He's an exciting player and would bridge to Mayer perfectly. C: McGuire 1B: Casas 2B: Kiké SS: Kim 3B: Devers LF: Yoshida CF: Duvall RF: Verdugo DH: Turner Is a decent line up...
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    Do you think that Chaim Bloom came to Boston with a bad rap?

    Does anyone ever advocate this? To spend like drunken sailors? This is the common refrain against those that want the Sox to be more aggressive signing players. It is tired, setting up a ridiculous binary and ignoring the reality of points on a continuum. Can we call a moratorium on the "drunken...
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    Do you think that Chaim Bloom came to Boston with a bad rap?

    I think Bloom was largely given the benefit of the doubt by those on this site, including me. He fit the mold: Ivy educated, smart, nice-looking fella. A Theo prototype. And that's certainly what I projected on to him: a new Theo, not a TB apostle. I liked the hire. And I didn't perceive a bias...
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    Red Sox Rumors - Just Kidding

    Yes, "make do." I am error prone, deal with a combo of dyslexia and being very busy so can only do drive by posts, so sometimes rushed. I stand corrected.
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    Poll: Rate Your Faith in the Red Sox Front Office

    Forgive me for not adding substance to the conversation, but every now and then you gotta just affirm a post. Firmly agree with everything above (except, perhaps, right now, the team is not better than 2022, though could still change). Well done.
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    Red Sox Rumors - Just Kidding

    It is sort of taken as a truism that long term deals will hurt the team overall in the long-term. But is that necessarily true? The Red Sox made the playoffs in 98, 99, 01, 03, 04, 05, 07, 08, 09, 13, 16, 17, 18 (as everyone knows) and had many long term contracts during those years (I know the...
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    Red Sox Rumors - Just Kidding

    These are decent makeshift ideas, and I found myself reading them, thinking, "oh, not a bad idea." And then I checked myself, and thought, "wait, how has it come to this? The Red Sox motis has become making due, looking for bargains, and reclamations, and advanced advanced metric tea leave...
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    Let’s sign a starting pitcher!

    Maybe you didn't say, that, forgive me if I misread. It seemed that you were laying out a justification for every decision, and that they were all purposeful, complimentary and holistic given where the team was at. Yet Bloom's own description of that deadline suggests otherwise (as do they wacky...
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    Poll: Rate Your Faith in the Red Sox Front Office

    I would have been happy had he GONE for it, one way or the other. Same at the deadline in 2021. Same in the off seasons of 2021 and 2022. Jeesh, he is an equivocator and a hedger. Eventually, the proof is gonna be in the pudding, yes?
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    Let’s sign a starting pitcher!

    I think this is very deft hindsight thinking. Bloom admitted himself, at the time of the deadline, that we was expecting a different outcome: From Speier, BG: “'If you had asked me [Monday] night I would’ve thought we would’ve made more moves than we did [Tuesday],' said chief baseball officer...
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    What does 2023 look like?

    Until the post season when Farrell inexplicably benched his platoon partner, Nava. Though I guess it worked out!
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    Red Sox Rumors - Just Kidding

    While I think Bloom fell short at the deadline in 2021 (and again in 2022 for opposite reasons), you are right in that he made some really good off-season moves for support players in 2021 - perhaps his best work. He has a mixed record, IMO, though one characterized by discomfort with the...
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    Red Sox Rumors - Just Kidding

    The criticism of the Scwharber trade was not born from a reflexive opposition to Bloom. The criticism was that Bloom was ONLY willing to trade for an injured player - when the team had THE BEST RECORD IN THE AL at the deadline - and that is because he could get that player for cheap. Bloom...
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    Red Sox sign Justin Turner

    I think Turner is a good complimentary signing. I like it. I prefer him to JD, given he can decently play the field, and might come in handy should Casas struggle against LHP. Meanwhile, the Yoshida signing is interesting, and the bullpen clearly improved. Those are all good support signings...
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    Red Sox Rumors - Just Kidding

    Or a cautionary tale not to give big money contracts to pitchers with a year left in their current contract and who are coming directly off a season in which they were injured for the last couple months and had to have their innings significantly diminished. Devil in the details, as it were.
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    Red Sox Rumors - Just Kidding

    But there IS a psychology to this, in fact. A baseball player is a human being, and not an inanimate object. And in Bogaerts' case, a human being who had done a lot for the organization - been a model citizen, a leader, a winner, an all-star, and a fan favorite. AND, a guy still in his prime...
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    X Leaves the Spot for San Diego: 11 years, $280M

    Exactly. An aggressive offer should have been made a year ago, and this would have been avoided.
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    In Chaim Do You Trust?

    I think this is right. I'm skeptical but trying to remain open about Chaim. I understand the need to retrench the the farm, but I worry about his tendency to hedge everything, it seems. BUT - we are definitely looking at a two-year plan here: all the team's holes will not be solved this off...