The three-team trade which sent Andrew Benintendi to the Kansas City Royals and yielded a total of five players in return for the Red Sox was made official late Wednesday night. Upon digesting the news overnight, here are five thoughts on the deal and its impact:
1. Chaim Bloom isn't afraid.
This marked the second time that Bloom dealt a popular, homegrown outfielder on Feb. 10. A year ago, it was Mookie Betts; Wednesday night, it was Benintendi.
The Betts deal was different, obviously, in that it was dictated to Bloom -- not the precise trade, of course, but ownership made clear that it was A) untenable to reach a contract extension with the outfielder and B) a payroll scale back was necessary, forcing Bloom's hand.
But it was Bloom's job to make the deal, wear the trade, to publicly defend it and move forward.
The Benintendi deal, by contrast, wasn't ordered from on-high. This was done of his accord, and Bloom will have to live-and-die with the result of it.
In a late Wednesday night Zoom call with reporters, Bloom praised Benintendi for his contributions and spoke, indirectly, to the fans when he recognized their disappointment over losing two key players, both of whom were big parts of the most recent championship.
But Bloom was resolute in his belief that, despite Benintendi's popularity and talent, this was the right deal for the Red Sox.
You may not like the deal. But you have to acknowledge Bloom's willingness to make bold moves and the courage of his convictions.
2. The Sox decided they needed to move on from Benintendi.