Chaim Bloom talks Plawecki, Devers, Bogaerts and more
The mystery of how Chaim Bloom might be valuing Xander Bogaerts has lingered as one of the most important questions for the construction of these Red Sox.
Heading into the 2022 season, we had an idea of where the Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer stood when it came to his shortstop. And, as Bloom has pointed out, the value of Bogaerts didn't "align" when it came to the view of the team and the player.
But, how about now?
Appearing on the Bradfo Sho podcast was asked two important questions when it comes to Bogaerts, who will have the opportunity to opt-out of his current deal at the end of the season (potentially leaving three years, $60 million on the table).
(The Bogaerts conversation starts at the 43-minute mark of the podcast.)
Question: With Bogaerts' improvement in the field, helping the 29-year-old put the fourth-highest WAR (wins above replacement) in the American League, has your opinion of the shortstop changed since the beginning of the season?
Bloom: "That’s a good question. He has been such a good player for such a long time. It’s kind of a hard question to answer, in a sense. I do think he has had a strong year defensively, but I’m not telling you anything people who watch our games don’t see. I keep going back, I know a lot of us do, to his consistency. I have worked in my past organization with a veteran scout who used to look at amateur players and call them as a compliment, ‘boring, good.’ And that was a compliment. This player is going to show up every day and he’s going to do the right things to put you in position to win a baseball game. Now, Xander happens to be a really talented athlete and great player on top of that. But the consistency of just showing up and doing it every day is something he brings as well as probably any player that is playing now and as well as any player I have been around. It’s not always flashy on any given day, but you can count on it. That is huge. That is really important."
Question: How much do you value the entire package of Bogaerts, including all the off-the-field elements?
Bloom: "A lot. I will put it this way: Normally when you look at players at the point in their career that he is getting to, on paper that is usually the time to get off the bus. To me, it’s basically a threshold issue. It’s because of all those things he brings that he is the type of guy you want to have here for a long time. That you want to have here hopefully for his whole career. You need that to be a good player and a core player as long as we expect that he will be. And if you don’t have that it is usually not going to happen. It doesn’t mean you aren’t going to play for a long time, but you’re not going to be that type of player as you get into your 30s. It is probably more important in Boston just because of how intense this experience this … I think I knew that going in. It’s different to live it, for sure and just see what it entails, both through your own eyes and my own experiences, but also seeing what players go through. But I knew it. I have been in this division a long time and as an opponent, I have seen a lot of players come in here and some have done better than others and you start to see some of the reasons why. If this is the type of experience that you like and you want, there is nothing better. But it’s not for everybody and there is always risk with someone who is not used to it. Trust me, as an opponent, oftentimes we were happy about it seeing how new players did not adjust. It is one of the reasons, going back to the winter before ’21 we went after Kiké. And even though it wasn’t a huge investment we saw him as a key to our offseason because not only what we thought he would do on the field, but we felt pretty strongly this was the type of guy who would thrive in Boston, and he has."
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