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McAdam: Red Sox offseason approach seems to be all over the place

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The following, apparently, are both true:

The Red Sox have done very little to improve their roster for 2021.


The Red Sox are going in a hundred different directions at once and have countless free agents and trade possibilities currently in play.

It would seem that the two statements are mutually exclusive. In fact, they are not.

That the Red Sox haven't done much this offseason is, it would seem, not the result of a lack of effort.

The latter is good news and shouldn't come as much of a surprise. Chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom is known for his diligence and his creativity and the fact that Bloom has about 20 or more balls in the air at once is further indication that he's open to moves that makes his team better -- now, in the future, and preferably, both at once.

It's a smart approach. Things can change on a moment's notice, and that's especially true this winter, with the market uncertain and some teams retreating. If you're a fan of a team, you want it engaged on a number of fronts, with plenty of possibilities.

It means your team cares, that it's being aggressive and conscientious.

But there comes a point where "thorough'' becomes "scattershot'' and over the weekend, it appeared, the Red Sox crossed over that line of demarcation.

Jim Bowden had this report:

Later came word about another avenue:

These two paths would seem mutually exclusive.