With new Red Sox boss Chaim Bloom in charge, there have been a number of rumors to go around, including talks of David Price or Nathan Eovaldi being dealt.
This offseason has been a whirlwind up until this point, and it’s barely even started. There have been a couple of moves made around the league thus far, but as far as the big signings and trades go there hasn’t been too much of that occurring as of yet. The reason it’s been so crazy with the Red Sox is the fact that there are tons of rumors swirling around.
If you’ve paid any attention to the Red Sox since the month of September, you’d agree with the statement that very few players on this team are immune to the trading block, or at least having their name in any trade rumors.
The offseason focus has been on ways to improve the team while simultaneously cutting payroll. Mookie Betts has been in trade rumors since the end of the regular season, along with teammates such as Andrew Benintendi and Jackie Bradley Jr.
There has, however, been one rumor that has gotten my utmost attention, as ESPN’s Jeff Passan recently reported that David Price and Nathan Eovaldi have been put on the trading block. It seems crazy to even think about trading one of those guys a year ago after their postseason heroics, but that’s just how baseball can be sometimes. One year you’re riding high with good players, and then the next you’re looking to trade some of those good players to cut payroll. That’s how it goes.
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I can understand not wanting to have too much money spent on other players while also trying to keep the second best player in baseball on your roster. That’s why a Price or Eovaldi trade makes sense; Do whatever is necessary to sign Mookie once he hits free agency. That’s gotta be the plan.
As for how the trade would go, it wouldn’t just be Price or Eovaldi straight up for somebody, but rather a valuable piece to go with one of those arms. At this point, the Red Sox do not seem to have a clear pick on who they’d attach with Price or Eovaldi, which is what seems to be the deciding factor on the possible deal.
I would hate to see Price go. If the end result is Mookie staying in Beantown, then it of course will be for the better. But there is no guarantee this will be the case, which shows how big of a risk it is to trade someone who is so valuable to your rotation when you don’t know what you’ll get in return.
With that all being said, the winter meetings are coming up on Sunday, so expect things to start heating up. I refuse to believe that Chaim Bloom will sit on his hands until January before making a big move. I could be wrong, but that’s just my gut feeling. We believe in you, Chaim.