It was an active, and at times mystifying, trade deadline for the Red Sox.
On Monday, they traded stalwart catcher Christian Vazquez across the field to the Astros, and on Tuesday, they acquired veteran first baseman Eric Hosmer. Boston added a couple of players in between those moves, including outfielder Tommy Pham and catcher Reese McGuire.
On “Merloni, Fauria & Mego” Thursday, Alex Cora shared his thoughts on how Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom handled the deadline. Bloom, who didn’t travel with the team to Houston, made the trip to Kansas City so he could address the players.
“He was going to let the team know where we’re at, and the players we have. It’s not my meeting, it’s his,” said Cora. “But he’s going to do what he wants to do. He’s the boss, and if he feels he needs to talk to the team, I’m good with it. One of the things we have to do — and we did a good job in Houston — is, ‘Hey, this who we are. This is what we have. And look at this team.’ We’ve got to attack the day the right way.”
Cora didn’t answer affirmatively when asked whether he thinks the Red Sox have improved, but did remark there’s now more depth on the roster.
“I feel like our roster is in a better place, in the sense that we got options off the bench, and like I said, in nine innings we can do a lot of things, mix and match with the opposition,” he said. “That’s the way I see it. Obviously, we’ve got to get healthy. That’s the most important thing.”
But even though the Red Sox added this week, the indelible image from the deadline will be Vazquez heading out to take batting practice with his teammates, only to promptly walk off the field and prepare to join the Astros.
Cora said it was a difficult moment.
“It was a tough day, right?,” he said. “I had an idea what was going on, and we actually informed Christian right before our batting practice there was a chance he was gonna get traded. It was just a matter of the medicals and the other stuff that goes into these kinds of things. He was in the clubhouse and said, ‘Can I go out and hit?’ And I said, ‘Of course. Just go out there.’ I know what he wanted to do: just one more time, just to be a Red Sox.”