Red Sox Disrespected By MLB Executives in Offseason Survey
The Boston Red Sox are coming off a busy-yet-unsatisfying offseason that saw them try to right the ship after finishing last in the AL East in 2022. While the front office brought in intriguing players such as Justin Turner, Kenley Jansen and Masataka Yoshida, they also let All-Star shortstop Xander Bogaerts walk and did not seem to spend their money wisely.
Now that the dust has settled on their rollercoaster winter, the Red Sox appear poised for another underwhelming season. At least that's what many MLB insiders and executives think after a recent survey conducted by Jayson Stark of The Athletic.
Red Sox Offseason
Not surprisingly, Boston rated poorly in most of the questions asked. They were voted one of the least-improved teams in the American League, which makes sense given that Yoshida and Jensen were deemed two of the winter's worst free-agent signings. Add it all up, and those polled feel that Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom is officially on the hot seat.
The survey confirms what many Boston fans have been fearing for months, if not years dating back to the Mookie Betts trade: that the team is heading in the wrong direction and Bloom doesn't know what he's doing.
This winter was supposed to be a big one for Bloom. The organization had a ton of money coming off the books (roughly $100 million), so this was his first real chance to dramatically reshape the roster and put his stamp on the team. Unfortunately, he spent much of that money on aging free agents and lost another franchise superstar in the process.
Time will tell if Bloom and the 2023 Red Sox can prove the doubters wrong. If they can't, there's a good chance that somebody else will be running the team next year.