Red Sox Fans

Bloom settles back, let’s the season unfold

After days and weeks of anticipation, the big-league trade deadline came, it went, and a minor league shortstop is all the Red Sox claimed.

Now we have the post-mortems, being ably steered by Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom. There is not much middle ground; you agree with Bloom’s approach – that is the Red Sox are doing better than expected on the field, proving that Bloom’s plan is working. This is not the time to abandon the hunt for long-term championship contention.

Or you look at the bottle as one-third full, with a surprising chance of chasing a championship right here, right now. When you have a chance to win now securely in your mitts, go for it. 

Perhaps those of us in the latter stages of middle age are getting more selfish, instinct directs us to stand among the impatient.

This might be inspired by well-honed skepticism. The Orioles have charged into first place in the American League East, and it’s fairly certain that the only threat to their improbable dream is the Tampa Bay Rays, who have underachieved.

The Orioles are no longer in the race for last place, but who knows if they are immune from fading from a late-season fade. Maybe the Rays have been given too much credit for their ability to build solid ballclubs on the cheap.

The Blue Jays? The Yankees? The Red Sox surely need not wait for 2024 and beyond to compete with them.

There is one reason to cut Bloom some slack for doing next-to nothing at the trade deadline. Outside of the obvious, who do the Red Sox have on their roster, or among their prospects, who could command a fair return? 

Rafael Devers is untouchable. It remains premature to designate Jaren Duran as a star, but he is having a remarkable season and may be on the verge of establishing himself as a dynamic big-league ballplayer. Justin Turner is not going to bring a quality starting pitcher in return.

The Red Sox are what they are. But they have a chance to do something this season that would pay dividends for their younger players over the long haul. When it comes to the playoffs, experience is a valuable commodity.

Luis Urias (aka Next-To Nothing) is 26, spent much of this season sidelined with a hamstring injury and the rest struggling in the minor leagues. His great potential is as a hitter, but if nothing else he is a shortstop/middle infielder by trade.

That, in itself, is an upgrade.

If Urias is playing next summer, hitting well and fielding adequately, all skepticism will fade away.

But for now, if the Red Sox are counting on Chris Sale, Garrett Whitlock, Tanner Houck and Trevor Story to make a heroic return to duty and lead them to glory, they are chasing shadows.

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