After plenty of speculation, the Red Sox questions should be shortly turning into resolutions.
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The Super Bowl has concluded and the page has officially turned to baseball season. In what typically yields a resounding cheer, the Red Sox question marks have caused more worrying than excitement. Despite a long wait, resolutions should be on their way.
Are we trading Mookie Betts?
A source of many articles, plenty of worrying, and even more speculation, it appears that the Red Sox should soon know the answer. MLB analyst, Ken Rosenthal – and many other sources, have considered the trade to be inevitable, at this point. In regards to potential partners, the list appears to have thinned to the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres.
At this point, a potential deal seems to be down to return and the potential involvement of David Price. Chaim Bloom seems locked in on getting below the luxury tax threshold and involving a large contract, such as Price, would accomplish the goal while likely limiting the possible return. There’s plenty of speculation on what the Red Sox will receive in compensation, but the loss of Mookie Betts would hurt the clubhouse – and the fanbase – plenty on its own.
Who will be managing in 2020?
While Spring Training is a matter of days away, the Red Sox still are without an official manager. As far as potential candidates, the buzz has surrounded three names – Ron Roenicke, Carlos Febles, and Luis Urueta. Each candidate has their positives, and each would require a very low-key interview due to the prior knowledge that exists. Roenicke and Febles are the easy, low-risk, internal hires and may step into the manager’s role with very little qualms from questioning fans.
Meanwhile, Urueta was recently interviewed for the managerial opening despite having no MLB managing experience. Despite the lack of MLB experience, he does possess bench coach experience in addition to outside coaching expedience and has worked closely with former Red Sox bench coach, Torey Lovullo and Mike Hazen – former Sox front office member.
There’s no clarity, as of now, but expect the Red Sox to hire a new manager in the coming days.
What was the conclusion of MLB’s investigation?
It’s expected that Major League Baseball will wrap up it’s investigation as soon as this week. As opposed to the black cloud that hangs over the Houston Astros, there are multiple Red Sox players that have exclaimed that the league will not find any wrongdoing that would draw questioning into the 2018 World Series championship. Rafael Devers became the most recent player to come out in support of the club.
Ramifications should include a hefty suspension for former manager, Alex Cora for his part in the Astros’ debacle, as well as the Red Sox. There will likely be a form of draft pick / financial hit due to this becoming the second club incident, after the Apple Watch issue under John Farrell. There are no expected suspensions for Roenicke or Febles at this time, which may further yield a managerial decision.
It will be an interesting upcoming week, but hopefully there will be more clarity in an otherwise muddied offseason.