By Chad Riley
What’s to be said about everything going on in the off-season with the Sox now? Well the answer to that is simple. The front office has stated that they are looking to get under the luxury tax threshold, and in order to do that they may have to release or trade some big names. One of the players is David Price. The other of those big names (and Sox fans won’t like this) is Mookie Betts.
Two of the teams that have been mentioned are the Dodgers and the Padres. The Dodgers have some decent pieces the Sox could use, mainly some pitching and some infield. But the Sox need starting help, and more importantly bullpen help. The Sox haven’t talked to the Padres, but they happen to have an extensive farm, a lot which is in pitching.
Now my question is: what will the Sox be willing to do to not only get under the luxury tax, but also at the same time keep the key players around, i.e. Mookie Betts ? And can they give Betts the money and the contract that he deserves?
In my opinion, I feel that the Sox trade Price to get his money off the books, and to also get some key pieces in return to start rebuilding their farm. Another piece that they could unload is JBJ, and that’ll allow the Sox to not only pay Mookie, but at the same time allow the Sox to put JD in left field, Mookie in center, and Benintendi in right.
With Bloom in office, the question now becomes what is Bloom gonna do to get under the luxury tax and and keep the team intact? February 2020 will be here before you know it and Bloom has a lot of work ahead of him.
In closing I’ll leave you all with this: please Bloom, don’t get rid of Mookie.
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