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BSJ Live Q&A: Sean McAdam on Red Sox spring training/MLB, 3 p.m. Tuesday

What a week.

Lots to discuss – a huge trade, an unfinished managerial search, and the wait continues on MLB’s investigation of the Red Sox.

Send in your questions and comments and we’ll get to them Tuesday at 5 p.m.

As always, we ask that you not comment on questions left by others.

Thanks and we’ll see you then.

 

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Vader
Vader

Hi Sean, if Sox fall out of playoff race I could see everyone in play to be traded ( with the exception of:Erod,XB,Devers& Vertugo) Thoughts? And thanks for the great coverage & hope you get to enjoy Florida ( at least somewhat!)🥎🥎🥎🥎

tblakely
tblakely

One last question I was curious as to your thoughts on…it’s pretty clear that between pace of play, the cheating scandals, and the outsized role of stats in every part of the game, it’s become so bogged down and constipated that there’s no wonder why the games are getting longer. But what if the league put through rule changes to improve the pace of play, which would appreciably, but not severely, alter the mechanics/decision making of the game, which would in turn render the body of statistics that have been collected over decades and are consulted by stats nerds useless? This would fix pace of play and make clubs have to start over with a clean slate in terms of stats. What do you think?

tblakely
tblakely

Something important that I don’t think has gotten a ton of attention has been the clubhouse. With 3 figures who were very well liked by the players in Betts, Price, and Cora being jettisoned, and a pretty clear edict from ownership that the team isn’t interested in paying, I fear we’re in for a 2011 Chicken/Beer/Video games apathetic type clubhouse. What say you?

tblakely
tblakely

Before the Red Sox hired Bloom, there were rumors of a Theo reunion being a possibility. It was also said/widely believed that if Theo became the GM again, the team would be a bridge team, and the rebuild would take a couple seasons. If that were to have all happened, I feel like people, while perhaps not thrilled about that, would feel more confident in the team with Theo behind the wheel than they are right now, despite the fact these same moves were expected all along. So I guess it comes down to whether people have confidence in Bloom to put a winning team together. Should we? Generally, these Billy Beane-esque stats teams, while efficient and competitive, don’t win anything.

packerboys
packerboys

Lucky man, it is 42 degrees with rain. Try to enjoy the sun.
Any chance that JBJ goes for a pitcher?
Who are starters 4 and 5?
Any available right handed hitting OF’s available as FA?
Do you like Benny’s 2 yr 10 million contract, I do?
Do I see Holt in the Sox future as a 2nd baseman/utility?
What is the payroll at, will they spend some?
Early bet on a camp surprise, under the radar type?
Think they can still be a good team? Need pitching..

DeansDesk
DeansDesk

Hey Sean. As your article on the Bloom presser noted earlier today the team is intent on being more “sustainably competitive” (or something like that) rather than ride the roller coaster of 2012 – 2019. I have to ask, WHY? The roller-coaster model seems to have worked real well: two WS titles and three top-10 draft picks. That’s a GREAT model, no? I get that it will create GM and manager turnover and some internal chaos along the way but are not the Red Sox fixing something that might not be broken? Thoughts?

celtics2018
celtics2018

Sean Greetings from me and Mickey Mouse
I realize the Sox had to trade Mookie rather than losing him for a draft pick. But this is definitely on Sox ownership. Ownership certainly had the right to choose not to sign him at the money he may command. But they’ve known for a while that Mookie wanted to test the market. Then last year, in August or Sept they talked about resetting the CBT. Maybe they should have thought about that in April or before the July trade deadline. How much more would they have gotten for had the made the trade last July?

Wbsargent
Wbsargent

Hi Sean-

I appreciate all the hard work that goes into the coverage you provide for us as readers. Quick question, do you think the reason why no manager has been hired is that the Sox are hoping the punishment is light on Cora and there is some way they could bring him back if not this year maybe next year? I know that is probably a crazy idea but why do you think it has taken so long?

Will

Jim Devlin
Jim Devlin

Hi Sean – a couple of questions:

1. Are there any restrictions on Chris Sale and Nathan Eovaldi as they start spring training activities, and can we assume they are fully able to participate?

2. Any future possibility of you doing a podcast? I’ve enjoyed your guest appearances on radio and I think a BSJ baseball podcast would do well!

RTH
RTH

Sean
Why didn’t the Red Sox opt to move Mookie and Price in separate trades? It seems like they didn’t maximize the potential return of talent. Couldn’t they have shopped Price after other teams saw his performance on the mound March – June? Was waiting to see how healthy Price looks deemed too big of a risk for the Sox brass to take?

Louis
Louis

Continue here.

Without her and with a short rotation, our weakness can be that or maybe not, who knows, what will I know LOL LOL LOL. What do you think about ?
Thanks and Regards from Spain. I will be in April in town.

Louis
Louis

Hello Sean ! I agree with the trade. In part because Red Sox told that they weren’t going to pay to Mookie the money he is going to ask for, maybe 400 M x 12 years, and too because we loss Price’s contrat. It’s some like… ok, you take the good player but you take this contrat, too. At the final, we got a outfilder, a possible second base and a catcher. All youngs and healtly. I think we got a good roster for compete and wild card will be the mínimum target but where I see a problem is in the rotation, short and that means less days for rest and go to playoffs, tired. The bullpen is the bullpen, maybe works or not, who knows but another problem that I see is the healtly. Without her….

SkervyDawg
SkervyDawg

What other moves do you expect this season? If ownership is serious about rebuilding farm system won’t they need to use MLB assets to do so?
I imagine pretty much anyone having a good season by trade deadline who isn’t in long term plans will be available (assuming we not leading Division at the time haha)?
Ugh, fearing that bridge is looking like several years long…

SkervyDawg
SkervyDawg

I’m having a hard time w/ Mookie fiasco. I wanna see great, likable players on Sox – I don’t want to see generational talent leaving cuz stat geeks worship at altar of fiscal restraint.
W/ that mindset, Manny would never have been signed in 2000 for a then “ungodly” $160M = great runs n titles.
They’ve delivered, but this ownership makes way too many costly errors – Crawford, AGon, Panda, Lester lowball, premature Sale extension, Eovaldi, now Mookie.
So, bet on a full 180 in 2yrs or so to grossly overpay a player inferior to Betts – right?
Maybe I’m a simpleton fan, but just pay your best homegrown talent who already excel in Boston pressure cooker…

mjkimes
mjkimes

Hi Sean, with the Red Sox now under the luxury-tax do you think rusney Castillo will get a hard look at an MLB position this year?

RTH
RTH

Sean
Given the Mookie/Price trade, do you think the Red Sox Ops Team regrets not signing Rick Porcello to a 1-year “make good” deal last December?

DeansDesk
DeansDesk

Hi Sean,

I’m still stunned a team was willing to part with decent+ prospects to take on a one year rental at $27MM(!). Betts has made it clear he’s heading to free agency, and this is not the old days where a team controlled player in his final year makes roughly league average pay. Mookie’s arbitration number is historic. Yet, so many in the talking head world of sports media think the Sox could have, should have, gotten MORE. How many teams would be in the market with the Dodgers? One, maybe two? I don’t get it. What am I missing?

BolesCountry
BolesCountry

Hi Sean,
The more I sit with this trade the more I hate it. Looking over the LA Dodgers farm system player rankings Jeter Downs depending where you look was either the 5th ranked or ranked out of the top 5 prospects in their system. Mookie Betts is a generational type talent, former MVP, puts butts in the seats and is entering the prime of his career. Now I get that he’s on the last year of his contract and entering free agency which will cost the signing team between $350-400 million. I get all that however, to not have Lux, May, Ruiz or Gray as a starting point is downright offensive to me. I don’t think that you can put a price on having the top 2021 free agent in your system/environment

BolesCountry
BolesCountry

cont..for a season and essentially be first in line/at the top of Mookies list to sign in the off-season. I think Bloom dropped the ball twice on this trade. To really sell this to the fans you need a stud back, because this narrative coming from the team of wanting to get under the luxury tax this season as one of the main reasons for making this trade and in the same breath raising ticket prices on us, is one of the most OUT OF TOUCH things this ownership has ever done. What does the average fan better yet any fan give a crap about John fn Henrys bottom line. Ok rant over there’s a question somewhere in there.

GinoC
GinoC

Hey Sean…The Red Sox did not have access to Graterol’s actual medical records. Actual records / exams reveal more than what is suspected… I assume you agree with the above.

Considering Graterol was a top 30 prospect aren’t media claims of “the Sox knowing better” disingenuous or at best speculative?

The Twins added to the Graterol deal to get back Maeda in the re-done deal, does that not indicate the LAD had some concerns too?

The reworked deal looks like an upgrade on the surface, agree?

Did any of the parties get “schooled” in the process, or is this just business?

Hammer
Hammer

Thanks Sean for your coverage. Your Q&A, insight and knowledge make this site exceptional. If you are in Florida enjoy the early spring.

goldenboy
goldenboy

MLB is planning a radical change to their postseason perhaps by 2022, hoping to move from 5 to 7 teams in each league and — get this — have the teams with the best records pick their playoff opponents. I’m not a big fan of watering down the regular season. This will make it more likely that a hot team could run the table and win 4 rounds and the WS. Maybe they will shorten the regular season? What are your thoughts on expanding the playoff field?

nicholasg25
nicholasg25

Why not bring up Rusney Castillo now that they have some $ room and trade jbj for an arm? If that’s not an option, what about signing a guy like Puig then and sending out jbj?

sarge3
sarge3

What our your thoughts on the supposed medical issues for Graterol? I agree with the comments the sox shouldn’t have been surprised about Graterol being a reliever. My question is do you believe the medicals were a smokescreen so the Red Sox could re-work the deal? Whether its because internally they thought they could do better or because of the initial blowback regarding the return the sox get. If it’s either, it is not a good look for them.

BobM
BobM

Sean – Thanks for talking with us each week. I look forward to this and really enjoy the discussion and your insights. I see Kevin Pillar is still available and he and Chaim have ties from their Tampa Bay days. Any chance the Sox would be interested in him and move JBJ as this is his walk year and this might help balance the line-up with a right handed bat?

PZINGER
PZINGER

If MLB does not find the Red Sox guilty of sign stealing do you see Cora returning in 2021?

nearboston
nearboston

Now that the Sox have some money to spend (i.e. they can afford players at the $1-5/mm a year number), don’t they HAVE to sign some starting pitchers? Given Sale/Evo injury risk, and the lack of depth options (Brian Johnson who isn’t even on the 40 man may be the only one), don’t they need to sign some legitimate starters, albeit #4-5 types? If so, who do you think they may sign?
Also – unrelated, but wouldn’t signing Holt now help from a PR perspective, and also add some depth?

pldumond
pldumond

Heyman from the mlb network states that the mlb is finding little evidence that the red sox cheated? Sean unlike some other red sox beat writers you did not beat us sox fans up by writing 2 to 3 articles a day on this subject on pure speculation. Another national web site likes to drag the sox in the mud every chance they get. Thank you Sean.

parker3447
parker3447

For how long will the Sox stick with 3 left handed bats in the outfield, and what do they do to fortify the starting pitching?

Dayveebee
Dayveebee

Happy Spring Training Sean! Does the payroll being reset well below the cap make Rusney an option? Need a RH hitting OF, he’s played well in Pawtucket and you’re paying him anyway….

BayAreaPatsFan
BayAreaPatsFan

Hi Sean,

What grade do you give Bloom for the trades with the LAD?

dmiles
dmiles

Does this year count as Cora’s suspension even if he doesn’t have a job or does he need to be employed to be suspended?

DuerodForThree
DuerodForThree

What kind of housing allowance do players get for spring training? Do they negotiate that in their contracts or is it fixed for everyone and they players that choose to live large pay out of pocket for any excess? They get a standard per diem for food?

DuerodForThree
DuerodForThree

Given the physical issues apparent with both and the window they still had on Sale, the Sale/Eovaldi combined $47 million a year seems to have been driven by “we won” giddiness instead of value. Given this was only 6-8 months before they started talking about getting below the luxury tax, should SuperGenius ownership have been focused on a long-term Betts solution, or is $400M just a bridge too far?

Given his arm issues in ’18 & ’19, what kind of contract do you think would Sale have commanded had he been on the market this winter?

I’ve found the “no player this young and this good has ever been traded before” analysis to be persuasive. Your thoughts?