Fenway Park Field

Red Sox choosing the long (wrong?) trail to success

Continuing lukewarm efforts to quell the fans’ increasingly foul mood, Red Sox baseball leader Chaim Bloom says they are more committed than ever to retain Rafael Devers’ services.

That sounds great – for a nanosecond.

Since the Red Sox’s commitment to extending Devers’ deal has been treading water at the shallow end of the proverbial pool, we can only trust that they are finally ready to take off their waders.

Bloom says he fully expected the masses’ reaction to letting Xavier Bogaerts wave bye-bye. The anger was too fierce to ignore.

Bloom must also grasp that his bucketful of comparatively inconsequential moves has not inspired many hearts to go aflutter. And his rumored reparations to the Red Sox’ roster are unlikely to appease anyone.

For instance, one possible replacement at shortstop is said to be Dansby Swanson, who is testing the free agent market for the first time. He’s a decent, serviceable ballplayer. Or maybe Trevor Story, a decent, slightly more serviceable ballplayer, will move from second base to shortstop.

If the Red Sox end up with a nice, serviceable ballplayer at third base any time soon, Bloom must realize his likeness will be on unwanted posters from Boston to Bangor.

Boston Globe baseball scribe Alex Speier covered Masataka Yoshida’s introductory press conference Thursday at Fenway Park, spicing up that story with a few words of Yoshida’s agent Scott Boras.

Boras – who also counts Bogaerts among his stable of clients – offered his view of how the Red Sox lost their leader to the San Diego Padres. Did the Red Sox miscalculate how much money Bogaerts could receive?

“I’m not sure it’s about miscalculation as much as it is about choices. You choose to pursue players,” Boras said.

In other words, the Red Sox lowballed Bogaerts because they had no interest in keeping him.

Also, as reported by Speier, is this nugget from Boras:

“What’s Xander’s goal? Winning. What’s also his goal? He wants his appropriate valuation in the market. We found that on a number of levels for him and chose that. For (the Red Sox), their model had a different modality with it and they moved forward with it.”

One humble observer’s translation:

The Red Sox have joined the legion of teams who choose to step back, bank on future glory from their homegrown talent with faith that the bad vibes will fade away.

Bloom has experience in that realm.

Should we begin referring to his current project as the Back Bay Sox?

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