Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom knows fans are frustrated over how they handled the trade deadline, especially given the team’s lackluster play since Aug. 2.
But he has no regrets.
Chaim Bloom discusses direction of the Red Sox post-deadline
Appearing with “Gresh & Keefe” as part of the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio Telethon (donate here), Bloom said he still would’ve traded Christian Vazquez even if they acquired Eric Hosmer and Tommy Pham beforehand.
“The short answer to that is, yes,” said Bloom. “Where we sat, we tried to do a little bit of each at the trade deadline, and that’s not very satisfying, but we weren’t in a satisfying position.”
The Red Sox were 53-52 at the deadline and two games out of a playoff spot with three teams to leapfrog. Today, the last-place Sox sit at 60-62 and are six games back in the wild card race.
While Hosmer and Pham were welcome additions, the Red Sox failed to address their thin bullpen and other weaknesses. Bloom says being both buyers and sellers was the right decision to make for the long-term health of the organization.
“We were, essentially, trying to walk this tight rope where we had enough of a shot where we need to support this group wherever we can, and we were looking at different ways to do that — obviously first base being one of those,” he said. “But we were also in a position where we were looking up at a playoff spot. We were not in position, we were trailing a few teams. If we’re walking by good offers, especially for guys who have free agency coming, then we’re not doing right by the organization. We’re going to kick ourselves for that. I understand that’s not very satisfying as a fan, and that’s not very satisfying for us. We’d rather be in first place where all we’re looking to do is add. But the reality is, we weren’t, so we needed to respect both of those things. We wanted to give the group every chance we could, but not do something that would’ve been irresponsible for the organization.”
Thanks to poor play and never-ending deluge of injuries, the Red Sox’ season appears to be over. While Bloom recognizes their small playoff odds, he still says there’s a chance.
“We’re not in a great position, but we’ve still got a shot,” he said. “It’s all right in front of us. It’s good we play the teams that we play, because we have to run them down, and we’ve gotta beat them.”
The Red Sox start their series with the Blue Jays Tuesday at Fenway Park.