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McAdam: Trade discussions heating up for Red Sox as deadline draws closer

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In a pre-game Zoom call with reporters Friday afternoon, Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom -- along with team president and CEO Sam Kennedy -- took questions on the tumultuous events in the game of baseball this week, including boycotts and renewed calls for racial justice.

With teams (mostly) back on the field Friday, Bloom was asked if the "usual rhythm of the baseball calendar'' had been disrupted over the last few days.

"I would say so,'' said Bloom, "especially given where we are in the baseball calendar and how close we are to the trade deadline. And that was the point, quite frankly.''

Still, indications are that Bloom and the Red Sox have remained quite active in trade talks. According to multiple sources, the Sox have:

 • Talked to Bloom's former team, the Tampa Bay Rays, about a deal involving catcher Christian Vazquez. The Sox are not eager to move Vazquez but do not regard him as untouchable, either. Rather, they see this as an opportunity to capitalize on Vazquez's value and the fact that he's under control through 2022 at relatively modest cost ($6.25 million in 2021, with a $7 million team option for 2022).

The Rays have a desperate need behind the plate. Rays' catchers had combined to slash .156/.243/.344 going into Friday's action and Tampa Bay would like to upgrade the position. Bloom, of course, knows the Tampa Bay system from top-to-bottom having spent the previous 15 seasons in the organization and undoubtedly has some prospects he is eyeing. But one source said Bloom is in search of