Chaim Bloom Angers Red Sox Fans With Latest Mookie Betts Trade Comments

Tyler Maher
Chaim Bloom didn't win back any Red Sox fans with his latest Mookie Betts comments.
Chaim Bloom didn't win back any Red Sox fans with his latest Mookie Betts comments. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Nearly three years after it happened, Chaim Bloom is still answering questions about the Mookie Betts trade.

Just months into his new job as the Chief Baseball Officer of the Boston Red Sox, Bloom sent Betts and David Price to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for Alex Verdugo, Connor Wong and Jeter Downs in February 2020. The trade was immediately a colossal disaster for Boston and has haunted the franchise ever since.

Bloom tried to explain the trade again during the Red Sox's Winter Weekend, but his comments didn't do much to help his case.

Bloom essentially defended the trade by saying that Boston wasn't well-positioned at the time to give Betts the long-term contract he was seeking. Betts promptly signed a 12-year, $365 million extension with the Dodgers during the summer of 2020 before helping them win the World Series that fall.

At the time of the trade, the Red Sox were attempting to shed salary to get under the luxury tax after running the highest payroll in baseball during the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Their argument at the time was that moving Betts and Price would give them more financial flexibility and free up money to pay other players. They were also coming off a disappointing third-place finish and wanted to focus on rebuilding the farm system, believing their championship window had closed.

Bloom also claimed that Boston is in a much better position now, which is why the team was able to give Rafael Devers a franchise-record 11-year, $331 million contract extension. He also implied that the team is much closer to competing for a title now than it was in the winter of 2020.

After enduring two last-place finishes during Bloom's three seasons at the helm, Red Sox fans would vehemently disagree with those statements. Due to a number of poor trades and free-agent signings, Boston's roster is much worse now than it was in early 2020 when the team was barely a year removed from winning the 2018 World Series. Nobody expects the Red Sox to compete for a World Series in 2023, which is why they are tied for the 10th-worst title odds on FanDuel Sportsbook's MLB odds.

Meanwhile, Betts and the Dodgers have the third-best odds at +750. Unless you're Bloom, it's pretty clear who won the trade.

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