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McAdam: Red Sox cite sustainability – and not luxury tax – as prime motive for blockbuster deal

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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- When Chaim Bloom was hired as the Red Sox' chief baseball officer last fall, it was with the stated intention of ending the franchise's cycle of boom-and-bust -- winning two World Series from 2012 through 2018, but also finishing last three times in that span and missing the playoffs four times -- and creating a more consistently, competitive team on the field.

So perhaps it shouldn't have come as any surprise that when the Red Sox finally got around to making their mega-trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers official, they framed the deal not as a cost-cutting measure, but rather, a way to create sustainability for the club.

So, it was out with two star players, and in with increased payroll flexibility and a deeper pool of prospects for the future.

That might not sound like much of a marketing slogan, but it does adequately explain the organization's thinking.