While there have been very few headlining moves, the Boston Red Sox have quietly reshaped the state of their 40 man.
In a hectic offseason, Chaim Bloom’s performance in his first offseason with the Boston Red Sox has been underwhelming from a national perspective. Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr.and David Price are all still in Beantown while the pitchforks are out for “bargain shopping” on lesser commodities. An offseason full of PR chaos is more to blame, but there is value in what Bloom is doing.
It’s not as if the first-time GM is inheriting a disaster of an organization. The Red Sox missed the postseason in 2019, but possess one of the most talented rosters in all of baseball. Despite the blue collar pedigree, Bloom has been tasked with cleaning up the financial ramifications of a World Series championship while rebuilding a once-promising farm system that was depleted in an effort to win a title.
In addition to the hopeful infusion of youth, Bloom has been turning over the bottom half of the 40 man roster. While there have been notable departures, that of course caused a stir, he’s quietly establishing depth. Here’s a brief summary of the small offseason moves.
It wouldn’t be appropriate Red Sox Twitter without the always sarcastic “World Series bound” commentary after every small acquisition, but each serves a purpose. Bloom has taken proven MLB-average to below-average commodities without Major League options and turned them into higher ceiling depth with available options.
Take a look at names that have been ousted from the 40 man roster – Brian Johnson? Below average MLB arm. Steven Wright? One Trick Pony. Sandy Leon? Great Glove, No Offensive Output. Bobby Poyner? Below Average LHP – and the list continues. In fairness, each acquisition possesses question marks, but each comes with a caveat with the opportunity for growth, whether that be a “plus” offspeed pitch, high spin rate, or positional flexibility.
It’s not bargain shopping, or whatever disgruntled fans want to exclaim, it’s the bottom half of the 40 man roster that GM’s should be actively turning over. Yes, there are plenty of acquisitions that don’t pan out; however Brian Cashman is a GM that has had a bevy of success by constantly turning over his roster. He turned an out-of-options Chasen Shreve into Luke Voit, and there are plenty of other examples of success stories.
Bottom line – don’t get frustrated with Bloom for the pitfalls of his predecessor or the scandal drama. He’s doing his job. There will be time for judgement, but there’s the potential for hidden gems in the roster turnover.