- Nov 29, 2001
Wanted to bump this thread to show some appreciation to Chaim Bloom in how he handled the Betts trade. Everyone in the world knew that the Red Sox wanted to drop below the luxury tax threshold this offseason. Andrew Friedman and the Dodgers also knew how much Boston wanted to offload David Price's contract and were unable to do so separately (I'm sure the Sox and Dodgers had conversations) and that this deal was pretty much Bloom's only realistic hope. Then, when the original deal runs aground thanks to concerns about Graterol's medicals, the Twins balk at fixing it and a three-way staring contest ensues. Chaim was arguably holding the worst hand because he likely had no better alternatives available that accomplished the team's desired goals, but he held his ground, Friedman and Derek Falvey blinked first, and the Red Sox arguably got a batter package in the end. He acquitted himself very well under not only the Boston media pressure but in the spotlight of all of MLB, and the fact that they flagged a concern in Graterol's medical records shows a careful approach that should pay dividends in other areas. I don't know yet what to expect from the 2020 team, but I'm pretty happy that Bloom is the guy in charge of this reloading process.