The Red Sox in typical Blooming fashion went in every direction this year at the trade deadline. Bloom zigged and zagged all over the map trying to dodge the bullets being fired from all corners of Red Sox Nation. The media , the pundits , the talking heads, and most notably the fans couldn’t make heads or tails as to what direction the CBO of the Red sox were going. Are your ears ringing Mr.Bloom ? 

The Bombshell 

 

Christian Vázquez, to the Astros for Minor Leaguers Enmanuel Valdez and Wilyer Abreu. Vaz was the longest-tenured member of the organization for Christ sake the man played here with Hanley Ramirez. In return the Sox received two more farm hands: Emanual Valdez and Wilyer Abreu, prospects who are the numbers 12 and 21, not in baseball in the Astros system. Also the Sox have more than 4.5 million of Vazquez’ Salary still on the books

 

You’re starting catcher 

The Dollar Store I mean Knee Jerk 

 

Then thankfully Bloom gave Jake Diekman to the White Sox for catcher Reese McGuire. The Red Sox did get back a (cost-controlled) backup catcher who does NOT  fill the void left by Vázquez. When news of the Vaz trade came down people rightfully lost their mind. Bloom thinks this move should ease that tension. It doesn’t. 

The Damn Phamily 

 

Bloom then sent the dreaded player to be named later to the Reds for Fantasy football excerpt Tommy Pham. Pham is a righty who has some power, the move though takes Alex Verdugo out of left field and into right as right field at Fenway is too difficult for Tommy to play. This move put Jackie Bradley on the streets and i need me some Kiké Hernández right now. 

Something is Better than Nothing 

Yep, I’m talking about you Eric Hosmer. In a bizarro world move the sox got a now average glove and bat from San Diego. San Diego had included Hosmer in the initial blockbuster to the Nationals for Juan Soto. However, the Nationals were on Hosmer’s no-trade list, SURPRISE Hosmer didn’t want to go to Washington. And bloom swept in with his poverty stricken puppy dog eyes to take the now stickless first basemen, but only if the Pads ate all Hosmer’s salary but the league minimum. This coast Bloom nothing but Lefty Jay Groom. He did get back two minor leagues also in Max Ferguson and Corey Rosier. Yea im betting i never type those names again. 

When asked about his deadline day Bloom had this to say 

 

“I think chances to compete are precious, even if it’s not the chance we had a month ago. We still feel that it’s very doable and that we have the talent to do it, especially as we get healthier, that we have the talent to make a run at this, so we had to value that as well. This group looks a little different, but I don’t think it’s any less talented.”

I wouldn’t question this if it weren’t for the Vazquez deal. Say what you want about Kevin Plawecki he isn’t an everyday catcher and neither is the newly acquired McGuire. They are both low level backups. I would have felt better if Bloom called the Cubs about David Ross than the moves he made behind the plate. The Loss of Vaz and JBJ will not haunt Bloom but they will hurt this team’s chances of making it to the postseason.  And as i’ve said before. if by some miracle they do make it? It only plays into more of the blooming idions cost effective moves to last place competitiveness. 

 

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