Looking back at how Red Sox messed up Christian Vazquez deal beyond the trade itself


Christian Vazquez standing outside his dugout addressing reports indicating he’d been traded to Houston is a pretty good encapsulation of the Red Sox’ 2022 MLB Deadline. Being traded right before a game or even mid-game is far from something new, but a player addressing the media right after a trade was done seems odd — leading to the question: “What just happened?”

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A week after Boston said goodbye to its World Series-winning catcher, the “what” is very clear. The “how” is still very much unanswered, though.

How did no one from the Red Sox organization get a hold of Vazquez as the trade was close to being done? He’s always been a man of few words, but this was a major development for him. It may be a business, as Vazquez said himself, but the Red Sox organization has been his family since 2008. Leaving him out there to comment on something like this was careless.

But, of course, this wasn’t the first odd moment between a Red Sox player and reporters at the deadline.

“Yeah, I don’t know if I should say that. I hope I don’t get in trouble," Xander Bogaerts said on July 28 after informing reporters he’d been told by the team he wouldn’t get moved at the deadline.

As one-offs, these moves are odd occurrences. Paired together within the span of a few days, something more may have been at play.

There’s obvious motivation for the players to say things in these moments. Bogaerts wants to stay in Boston. Vazquez wasn’t ready to move on. On the whole, it’s known the players aren’t happy with the manner in which the front office has handled things.

It’s more about the lack of control displayed by the organization. Then again, if you heard some of Brian O'Halloran’s recent conversation with The Greg Hill Show, it’s pretty clear the front office can tell up from down at this point.

Speaking of recent interviews with the station, Alex Cora’s maneuvering when asked, “Do you feel like the team got better?” during his latest spot on MFM was telling.

“I feel like our roster is uh … is in a better place in the sense that we got a lot of options off the bench,” he said. “In nine innings, we can do a lot of things — mix and match with the opposition and uh … that’s the way I see it.”

Basically, the Red Sox can do what the Rays have done for years. Rather than rely on eight or nine consistent everyday position players, they can play to the computers. As much as Cora values the analytics, that can’t be the route he wants to take when managing a major-market franchise.

Between Cora’s tactful answer and what went down with Bogaerts and Vazquez, it seems something is amiss internally. Because the mess that fans are witnessing on the field is spilling outside the white lines.