Five veterans, in six prospects.
The only disappointment was that the Sox did not go ahead to find spots for Matt Barnes and Jackie Bradley Jr. or to really shake things up by landing key prospects for Christian Vazquez.
Ben Cherington burned the foundation to the house in a spectacular 2014 fire sale. But Cham Bloom did not go that far.
The Red Sox and Rangers reportedly considered a swap of bad contracts that sent Nat Ivaldi to infielder Rougned Odor in Texas. Both are signed for two more seasons, with Avoldi at an average annual salary of $ 17 million and Odor for $ 8.25 million.
An executive from another team suggested that such a deal could be resumed in the office if there was more time.
The Sox were not opposed to tackling Bradley, who will be a free agent after the season. But none of the contenders had a compelling need for defensive upgrades in center field.
Sox also likely will need to make some down payments of $ 1.8 million Bradley has remaining on his salary through the end of the season.
“We know he is a good player. Bloom said we would love to be here for a long time.”
We’ll see how that plays out. The Sox could play Alex Vardugo in center field the following season until Jaren Duren was ready. He also raised an interesting center field prospect at Jeisson Rosario in the Morland deal.
A short-term deal may make sense for both parties. But who says Bradley would like to be with the Sox? He has learned how good it is to play in Boston during good times and how pathetic it can be during bad times.
Given the state of the pitching staff, it’s probably going to be some time before the good times roll. But at least steps are being taken.
“With some of these trades we have added more contributors that I think could start as the next core,” Bloom said. “We still work to continue building that core. . . We look forward to contributing more to the place. “
The biggest achievement on Monday was that the passing of the trade deadline also means that the luxury-tax penalty the Sox have will return by 2021.
This creates significantly more flexibility in putting together a better roster. This is important because the offspring will be the one where creativity will be required.
It is uncertain as to what degree fans will be allowed in the Games in 2021 and every team has already been beaten financially with a loss of revenue this season.
“We’re in the business of staging large-scale gatherings,” Bloom said. “This epidemic has not been kind to our industry and it is a big crisis for the baseball industry in so many ways that we are ready to try and do everything together to overcome it. It hangs for everyone. “
The free agent market can also be barren for the best players, and some teams may be forced to shed payroll by trading stars.
This season Sox has been deployed to take advantage of the situation to control costs and add depth to their potential.
“It is our job to make sure that we are aware of everything,” Bloom said.
The final 25 games are unlikely to be enjoyable. Along with Ivaldi on the injured list, the rotation includes Martin Perez and four coin flips. And almost every game remaining is against one contender.
Bloom said the Sox would lean toward development as the season plays out. The remaining games allow players like Jonathan Arruz, Michael Chavis, Bobby Dalbeck and Yaro Munoz to evaluate more and see how many of them are worth keeping.
Four trades opened up game time to others and the Sox must use them wisely. Munoz, a productive player for the Cardinals who led his release, was called up on Monday for his first big league time since signing in March, before falling once.
“We move forward,” manager Ron Ronikay said.