The trade deadline came and went and the good news for the Red Sox is that they were able to reset their luxury tax button.
The bad news, of course, is that right now this is simply a very bad team with very little to hold the attention of fans.
Mitch Moreland, Josh Osich and Kevin Pillar are off to greener pastures, but the departure list could have been a lot bigger.
Based upon talk leading up to the August 31 deadline, the likes of Matt Barnes, JD Martinez, Christian Vazquez, Jackie Bradley Jr, and even Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts could conceivably have found themselves in different uniforms. Any or all of them could be gone before Opening Day 2021, of course, but the guess here is that Bogaerts, Devers, and Vazquez are part of the core that management wants to build around.
What's intriguing is some of what is happening at the alternate site in Pawtucket where some of the team's top prospects have been trying to stay sharp during this most unusual season.
Jarren Duran, expected as the successor to JBJ, popped his fifth home run of the summer on Tuesday. 2018 first-rounder Tristan Casas is starting to deliver, as are pitchers Tanner Houck and Jason Groome.
Bobby Dalbec, already in Boston following the Moreland trade, is likely to be the first baseman for the majority of Boston's final 24 games.
So what will the Red Sox do from here? Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom offered some insight earlier this week saying, “We have a lot of decisions ahead of us and a lot of time ahead of us to see how we might best use our resources in the future. But we know there is a cost to being over that line. It is something you factor in. It’s something that does impact the organization. So maintaining flexibility allows you to be more opportunistic. And we want to be able to take advantage of opportunities.”
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