“We’re trying to make the postseason,” Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom told NESN’s Tom Caron prior to Tuesday’s game (hat tip to MassLive.com’s Christopher Smith). This declaration, made a week prior to the trade deadline, seemingly ended some speculation that the Red Sox would look to be deadline sellers, though Bloom did couch his statement with some intriguing caveats: “So whatever that means, we’re going to explore a lot of stuff [at the trade deadline]. Some of them might be things people expect. Some of them might not be. But you know, we want to get this group into the postseason.”
It is worth noting that the Sox lost to the Guardians on both Tuesday and Wednesday, dropping Boston’s record to 49-50 for the season. With a 7-19 mark over their last 26 games, the Red Sox have gone from leading the wild card race to four games out of a wild card slot altogether, and in last place in the competitive AL East.
If Boston can’t string some wins together quickly, it is possible the Sox could turn into more full-fledged sell mode by the August 2 deadline. However, Bloom’s comments seem to hint that the team could try to thread the needle and both buy and sell at the same time — perhaps moving some pending free agents, but adding longer-term pieces that could also still provide some immediate help.
Beyond Bloom’s public comments, The Boston Globe’s Alex Speier writes that when it comes to deadline plans, “typical responses from those inside and outside the organization have ranged from ’it’s all in play’ to ’maybe both’ to objections to the buy/sell dichotomy to shrugs of uncertainty.” Despite all of these options, a truly big shakeup doesn’t appear to be in order, as both Bloom and (in an interview on WEEI’s The Greg Hill Show) team president/CEO Sam Kennedy each ruled out the possibility of Xander Bogaerts or Rafael Devers being dealt.
“There’s been no discussions or commentary internally or externally about moves related to the trade deadline involving Xander, Raffy, or anyone else to my knowledge. At this point, we’re focused on getting back in this thing and winning,” Kennedy said. Not only have talks about the two All-Stars not taken place, “we don’t plan to” hold such talks, Bloom added.
Bogaerts can opt out of his contract following the season, and ever since Boston signed Trevor Story to a free agent deal, there has been widespread feeling that Bogaerts will be playing elsewhere in 2023. Extension talks with both Bogaerts and Devers prior to the season didn’t result in any progress, which then led to increased speculation about Devers also perhaps leaving in free agency following the 2023 campaign.
If a teardown isn’t in order, and standing pat doesn’t appear to be an option for a team with clear roster needs, it then becomes a question of what types of upgrades the Red Sox will pursue by August 2. One obvious name on paper doesn’t appear to be a priority, as NBC Sports Boston’s John Tomase reports that the Sox have had only “cursory interest” in Nationals first baseman Josh Bell. While the Sox have had some talks about Bell, “their interest was described more as kicking the tires.”
First base has been a weak link for the Red Sox all year long, and since Bell is perhaps the likeliest player to be moved prior to the deadline, the two sides seemed like a logical match. Bell would be a pure rental, as the slugger is set for free agency after the year, and the Nats would be in line to recoup a compensatory pick if Bell left given that the qualifying offer system will again be in place for the 2022-23 offseason.
Anything the Sox or other teams offer the Nationals for Bell, therefore, would have to top the value of that compensatory pick for Washington to go ahead with a deal. For a team like the Red Sox that is perhaps on the fringes of contending, that could be too much of a price to pay, whereas other known Bell suitors like the Astros, Mets, or Brewers could be more amenable since Bell would increase their chances of winning a championship.
St. Louis needs to get bogarts or Correa next szn they should have signed seager this past offszn
Cards don’t need a SS.
Yes they do
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Edman doesn’t have the arm to play SS dingus
Gorman will be in a trade package with a group to get an impact hitter and or another impact starting pitcher.
If Gorman and Carlson/O’Neal are in the same trade package—- that leaves both Second base and Rt. Field open.
A lot of scenarios a can be played out of these two openings. So let’s take a Soto deal first.
Soto to right or left field. Edman slides back over to second. DeJong is brought back up to play short.
Trevor Story trade—-
Story to short, Edman to second and Donavan to Right.
Thats a pick your poison kinda thing there. Bogarts is all bat no glove and Correa usually cant stay on the field. I agree seager is who they should have gotten. Can the cards afford a 65+ mil per season left side of the infield tho
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“Can they” isn’t the question. Will they commit those dollars to two players is the question, and that’s one of the main reasons I can’t see them gutting their farm system for Soto.
Bogaert’s glove is fine it’s right on par with all these other guys out here getting paid. Seager has a worse fielding percentage and Semien has the same percentage as Bogaerts and both just got paid crazy money. I’m tired of this false narrative about Xander. If you go look at all the SS fielding percentages he’s right there.
Bogaerts ranks 27th among qualified SS in DWAR. Fielding % doesn’t account for his terrible range and arm and isn’t a very useful stat by itself to grade a player’s defensive abilities.
Sorry, 19th among 25 qualified SS, 27th overall.
Bogaerts 19th among 25? DWar is garbage. Wade Boggs made 27 errors and led league in 1983. DWar was +1.0. Real accurate.
Bogaerts is 3 OAA making him 12th out of 38 Shortstops, for 2022.
Per Statcast at BaseballSavant.
Players with good range, like Boggs, sometimes end up making more errors simply because they get to more balls. Jester is the classic counter-example. His fielding pct was high because so many balls went by him without him even having a chance of getting them.
You think they will earn 65+ million a season huh. You might want to look into that. Correa is the highest paid annual salary at shortstop on a 3 yr contract with opt outs after each season at 35.1 million per year and to answer your question – Yes they can afford it.
Seager’s done one thing in Texas and that’s prove he’s not worth that money. Will any of you fans ever learn, it’s a good thing none of you are GMs you’d have no farm systems with $400M dollar payrolls.
This coming from the guy who thinks Bogaerts is a solid defender? I’m not sure you’re equipped to be judging other peoples’ suggestions with talent evaluation skills like that.
Bogaerts is playing good Defense this year.
Pretty much the hottest hitter in the mlb leading up to the ASB first year of his deal, you have to the money to somebody
Texas had to overpay on another SS and half way in realize they can’t afford any other stars. In 3-4 years does Seager go to NY with a high prospect so they can eat most of his salary? Alex left Seattle for Texas to win it just took a few years to be traded to NY for that to happen.
It’s a good thing that Cheap Bloom wants to win now. Just a shame he didn’t want to win until now, wanting to win in the offseason would have been better. Actions speak louder than words Cheap Bloom
Red Sox 2022 payroll is 243M. They are over the Luxury Tax (230M) by 13M. Thats not being cheap.
I thought they were under. They still spent 200 and some million either way so not cheap.
They do have a high CBT salary but a sizable portion of that is for former players like David Price, Dustin Pedroia and some other deferred funds. I believe their actual payroll for players on the team is around $205M and that will be significantly reduced come this offseason. I don’t see Boston spending recklessly this offseason to rebuild either. They will definitely want to reset their luxury tax in 2023, so it could be a very tough 2023 season for Boston with no Xander, JDM, Eovaldi, etc. Their best prospects are still another 2 years away (except for Casas), so they might just pack it in next year and save some money. They do need to re-sign Devers though. Whether that gets done this on offseason or next season, that should be their top priority.
Dorothy: Lots of money clears the salary cap. Price, Bogaerts, Martinez, Eovoldi, Vazquez, Hernandez, Wacha, Hill and a few more.
Red Sox only have 107M committed, with a 233M Threshold. Thats 124M available. Some will get eaten by arbitration. But, only Bogaerts, Martinez, Vazquez and Eovoldi are major contributors and will be missed. Theres no reason they can’t bring in a few big names and replace most of those players via FA, trades and minor league players.
I would be shocked if they don’t make a big splash in FA to regain fan’s trust.
Price is still on the books this year (final year), but Pedroia’s contract is now off the books. .
The assumption is that the CBT is their desired payroll level. Spending to the max leaves no room for improvement. Plus salaries for the current players go up every year. Gotta allows some room to grow.
If they make a few trades now they;d be able to get below the luxury tax by the end of the season so they wouldn’t need to reset.
If they don’t, it’ll also hurt them when they give a qualifying offer to X.
They’ll end up getting a lower draft pick for him.
Yes, they do need to sign Devers but that doesn’t mean they will. Based on their last offer to him he doesn’t seem to be a priority. If they don’t plan on making an offer at least in the same room as what he’s looking for then they need to trade him.
If not, we’re going through the same thing next season and probably getting less if they wait.
I can see them trying hardest to keep Bogaerts, the others not so much.
JD Martinez power seems all but gone this season and a slugger will be needed. Finding DH only Home Run hitters in free agency probably won’t be that difficult.
Catching is thin league wide and i do not see the Sox getting in to a bidding war for Vazquez, especially since it looks like Ronaldo Hernandez is ready at AAA
Keke (i hate that we have to spell it this way) has been a non-factor all season and the Sox have a similar player on the way in Ceddane Rafaela who may be ready next season.
Eovaldi, Hill, Wacha, and even Paxton (can’t see them picking up his options) probably all move on. I could see Hill coming back on a similar (or less) deal next season. Eovaldi will get a multi-year deal somewhere else and if Wacha pitches well down the stretch he may finally get one of his own. I can easily see 4 of the Sox 5 starters being Chris Sale, Kutter Crawford, Josh Winckowski, and Brayan Bello with Jay Groome and Bryan Mata waiting in the wings with either Hill or another veteran added to supplement the young starters.
That would leave most of the financial needs to be spent on Bogaerts, a DH replacement for Martinez, and a Right Field power bat (assuming Duran stays in CF)
Well if cheap bloom wasn’t so cheap he would spend 300 million 🙂
I think it’s humorous when current PBOs get blamed for past gms mistakes. “Bloom hasn’t spent any money” but disregard the fact Dombroski spent all the money.
Truth be told, if I’m Bloom, I’m selling. I’m selling eovaldi, Martinez, Bogaerts, and anyone else pending free agency. I’m also listening to offers on Devers. Then I’m going to use all that money and prospect depth to buy myself into contention next season….
It’s even more funny to think the PBO or GM actually controls how much a team spends.
Get outta here with your LOGIC MC!
When will some of you Red Sox fans understand the basics of team building?
It’s not the money you spend, it’s how you spend it.
The Red Sox got passed in the standings 2 nights ago by the Orioles. The Orioles payroll is 22 % lower than the Red Sox. Got it? THE RED SOX SPENT ALMOST 5 TIMES WHAT THE ORIOLES DID ON PAYROLL THIS YEAR and the Orioles are ahead of them in the standings!
Quit complaining and learn how the sport is played and administered.
Not 22% lower…..22% OF THE Red Sox payroll.
Given Baltimore’s gotten Top 5 Draft picks for 10 years, I would expect them to put together a good team once in a long while. Does it make up for the past 20 years of finishing behind the Red Sox. Of course not.
They are over the cap. How is this man cheap ?
If he was cheap he would have signed Schwarber instead of Story and not traded Renfroe for JBJ.
Is it ‘both by and sell’ or ‘both buy and sell’? Can you please fix the spelling error?
“However, Bloom’s comments seem to hint that the team could try to thread the needle and ‘both by and sell’ at the same time —”
Fixed! Thanks for the catch.
No problem Mark!
You have to be good, lucky and healthy to go anywhere. They are none of those things. Can they be? No, not all three.
Maybe buddy luck happens at a curious time SP for hte BEAUX SOCKS !
Casas, Bello and Murphy for Castillo and Solano
I will say – this offer will get it done. But all this for a rental…?? (And one of the older players in the league) Curious thought DocBB!
Solano is a pure rental but he can play pretty much all positions particularly IF and he isn’t called Donnie Barrells for no reason. Hitting like ..333 tis year in limited time. He can certainly play 2b and 3b while Story and Devers are out.
Castillo gives you an October #1 or #2 starter for both this year and next year. He had an “off” night yesterday and still went 7 innings giving up 3 runs and struck out the side in the 7th with tying runners on 3rd and 2nd with no outs. Also. nearly no-hit the Yankees his outing before and has dominated the AL East this year. Plus you keep him away from any AL East team. that might grab him. I know the NYY, Blue Jays and Mariners are all hot on him.
Okay it actually seems like a good idea now
How about trading JD Martinez (who for some reason the are looking to deal according to MLBTR) to Houston for Urquidy, Javier or one of those other bozos
Because they’re bozos. Chaim isn’t just going to take anyone.
No way Bloom trades the rookies away.
They should trade everything (not Bogey or Devers) they can, this is clearly at least a minor rebuild, to think that we will make the playoffs this year is folly
I’d trade Bogey for the right package. Why not? We know he’s not coming back.
Because he has a no trade clause so he has to approve it.
@b-strong## but why wouldn’t he waive his no trade? It would eliminate the QO for next year
Players have waived it for extra $. It’s a bargaining chip for more cash. It’d have to work for everyone of course. JD has a limited one as well. Not sure who the 3 teams are or if it’s even still in effect in the last year of his deal.
He will waive it if he goes to a postseason team. Logic.
I don’t know ow how anyone here can take him at his word. If anything, you could argue he’s benefited enormously from 2020 being what it was, two months and all. Can you imagine if this was three full seasons? The pattern is terrible depth, especially on the pitching side of the ball, and an aversion to converting prospects into major league help. There are a lot of stops between sitting on every prospect, and gutting a system. Imagine inheriting the entire 2018 core except for Betts, doing basically nothing to augment it, and getting only one winning season out of three. That’s awful.
One strategy of gm’s at deadline is using media for misdirection.
All eyes on Bobby Miller tonight making what could be his last start in the Dodgers organization
This is a team that 30 games into the season looked terrible, then dominant, and then back to terrible. It would be nice if the whole entire pitching staff didn’t get injured all at the same time. But it happened. Now you’ve got to get them all back and humming again, that is not at all going to happen quickly. But if it does, don’t be surprised if they go on another tear at the end of the season. Probably too little too late but who knows with this Jekyll and Hyde team.
C Yards Jeff
@whyhayzee: I was thinking the same thing. Started slow, made a run. Struggling now but get healthy, another run. When Chaim says he is trying to make the playoffs, I believe him … and for this reason.
Mayer and bello can get u soto or Castillo and mahle. Always a good time when Sox are making deadline moves !
Can get but won’t. Unless ownership wants to go big they aren’t moving those two. Especially Mayer.
Mayer looks close to identical to Royce Lewis at this point in his career. Top of draft talent that comes out on fire as a pro. Problem w Lewis is that has been, so far, the peak of his value. Is this mayers peak too !? Hmmm….
If the return is significantly better than a comp pick trade. Trade rentals if they bring fair value. Bring in replacements for lesser prospects. Buy Sell is a good strategy for them.
If Boston does decide to sell, they need to bring back some OF prospects desperately. Their farm is full of infielders and pitchers, but they don’t have any notable OF prospects who are close to the majors right now. Instead of drafting 3 more SS’s in this draft, they should have drafted a college OF; someone who could move quickly.
Trading for need over talent isn’t good.
Well, at least the third pick was a OF with some power. But I think the thinking is that you gather all of these young SS, and those who can’t stick at that position are nonetheless athletic enough to move around the IF or even into the OF. The big fail as far as drafting OFs during the DD years was the impossible-to-predict collapse of Cole Brannen (or Brennan?), now no longer in the org, who was the best college hitter in the country before the draft and then couldn’t hit at all in the minors for at least three years before the team gave up.
Ceddanne Rafaela and Gilberto Jiminez are two good prospects that are closer than you think. And rumor is Nick Yorke is destined for the OF. They could use some more depth for sure in OF, but it’s not completely void of talent.
Jiminez is really struggling great tools but he is missing something but Rafaela has taken a huge leap forward if his bat co tiniest to develop he will be a big league starting center fielder.
Outfielders are the easiest to sign or trade off the free agent market. Infielders and pitchers are harder to come by.
You mean corner OFs. CF is a position of scarcity.
True about centerfielders but a lot of guys shift anyway. Premium centerfielders, I agree.
Seems like they only draft ss.
I’m shocked that a group of pitchers who have a history of injuries have all had injuries. Who could have guessed it? I’m shocked that a bunch of relievers whom no one else wanted have not been very good. Who could have guessed that? I’m shocked that a team with no closer can’t close games. I can’t believe that a team who offers their 2nd best player an insulting contract extension feels the rest of the team thinks they want to win.
The last GM signed the two pitchers with the biggest names on the injury list, Sale and Eovoldi. Matt Barnes was suppose to be the closer, and had been healthy his whole career until now. They’ve had a larger than expected injury list. Kiki, Wacha, Barnes, Casas, Whitlock, Story, Martinez, Devers, Arroyo, Strahm have all had relatively healthy careers. Are you blaming this all on the Rich Hill signing?
Red Sox payroll is at 243M against the luxury tax. Not sure where you expected them to get healthy, young arms, without spending a ton more money.
Barnes was never closer material outside of the first half of 2021
The Giants need a stud 3b. Evan Longoria is done after this year.
Actually, the Giants need just about everything.
Stupid statement. Gotta sell, there is no other option. Hopefully he’s not being honest.
all in the suit that you wear
I think it puts Chaim in a stronger bargaining position to say he is not having a sell off. People who are not intent on selling get higher bids.
Buy/sell line is pretty narrow when there’s no one in the organization ready to step up (Casas) That leaves JD as the only probable sell asset. JD in a Urquidy deal and Happ for a package headed by Bello could happen. If you still want to compete Bogaerts, Evoldi and Vasquez have to stay.
You must be smoking something very strong if you think you are geting Urquidy for Martinez.. A very talented young starter for two months of a pricey, injured DH. JD is a salary dump at this point.
Never suggested a one for one deal. Only an idiot like you thinks a 125 OPS+ is a salary dump. Contreras is more likely from HOU’s angle.
Xander to the Phillies for Mickey moniak, Mickey morandini, Mickey rourke, Mickey Mouse and a Mickey to be named later !
Joe It All
This made me think of the best deleted scene from a movie ever IMO.
Knock, knock! Who’s there? Mickey. Mickey who? Mickey Mouse, Mickey Mantle, Mickey Rourke, Mickey Finn, Mickey Dolenz, Mickey Knox. Guilty? You bet your ass. But I think Charles Manson said it best when he said — “I’m not herrrre, man…I’m not here!” I don’t blame Mickey or Mallory. I blame Ajax and Jack Frost and Frosted Flakes and Achy Breaky, Lyndon Johnson, Johnny Cash, Johnny Carson, Johnny Quest. I blame the Pope, and Pop-Tarts, the Popile Pocket Fisherman. Ahh! I blame Jif, and jazz and O.J. Simpson, JFK, RFK, FDR, FBI, CIA, STP, AFL, CIO, ABC, NBC, JVC, VCR. I blame John Wilkes Booth and Sirhan Sirhan Sirhan and Mary Tyler Moore. I blame all people who use three names. Big Bird, guilty, Barney, guilty! I blame Jesus Christ and Jon Bon Jovi! I stick my right index finger in Wayne Newton’s left eyeball! Not their parents, not drugs, not society-at-large. Do you want to know who I really blame? The Pittsburgh Pirates because in 1947, Major League Baseball scouted a hot young pitching prospect named Fidel Castro. Hot outta Havana High, he had big speed and a nasty curveball but at the last minute, the teams all rescinded their offers. Just think about that. If Fidel had been drafted, huh huh? No Bay of Pigs, no Kennedy assassination, no cover-up, no Vietnam, no Nixon, no Ford, no bell-bottoms, no Brady Bunch, no earthshoes, no Reagan, no crack. No, we’d all be eating hotdogs and apple-pie and smoking big fat Cuban cigars. M-I-C. See you real soon. K-E-Y. Why? Because they want to, that’s why.
What movie is that from?
I know I’m in the minority but if I could get a monster haul I’d move Devers. In a couple of years he’s going to command 30-40mil a year. While he is an elite bat do the Sox want to commit 10-12 years to a defensive liability. They will be paying for a DH. If they plan on signing him why not move him to first base now. Couldn’t do worse than what they have right now. They should have signed Betts and not screwed around and extended Bogaerts. Story was a huge mistake.
I’m sure the Angels would trade Trout and Rendon for him.
I guess you would have to describe what a monster haul is. Boston has the money to extend him, and still put together a great team around him.
Had the Sox extended Mookie instead of trading him, are they a better team last year than they were? Do they beat the Astros in that series?
Had the Red Sox signed Schwarber (who said he loved it in Boston and wanted to stay), are they better this year?
If they kept Renfroe in RF instead of trading him for a guy who costs a lot more AND hit only .160 last year (JBJ), are they better this year?
To me it sounds great to say ‘trade this or that superstar on your team who will be a FA for a boatload of prospects instead of extending him, because he may regress five years down the road and then you are stuck with an overpriced player’. The issue is you aren’t thinking what you are losing without him before then. You trade Devers and you are punting 2023, and probably 2024 too. Because if you aren’t extending him at $30m per year then you aren’t signing a $30M per year player either. And by then ‘hopefully’ you have another star on the team you are debating on whether or not to sell.
Devers is the only guy that they shouldn’t field calls on. He’s a 25 year old Pujols. I’d happily give him a 10 year contract. He most likely will have to move off 3B soon. But, his bat is legit one of the best in the game.
The team is only four games back – Chaim can’t say officially that they are sellers. It’s a bad look for him, this is year 3 for him and he’s still not confident the team he put together can catch the Rays and Orioles?
That being said – I think they should sell… at least JD and Eovaldi. But instead of trading them for 18 year old prospects who are 3 plus years away, trade them for young talent who could help as soon as next year.
Nate is getting lit up right now. He’s got to fix himself first before they can get anything decent for him.
all in the suit that you wear
I doubt Chaim is ever going telegraph his plans. When it’s done, we will see what his plan was.
The plan is – and has been – to build around developed defense and pitching. Little of which the Red Sox have now.
Not a WS winning team. Re-tool at the deadline.
Let’s look at the facts. This team has no life.
I can’t tell you how many come from behind wins we had last year but I know it was far better than this year. We’ve had few late inning rallies this year and the offense has just died several games.
As for the relievers, Cora made bad decisions. Should he be blamed? I don’t know. In hindsight, the calls made sense but the players didn’t perform. Brasier and Robles blew a ton of games when he went to those clowns for sure outs. The bullpen wasn’t spectacular to begin with but I don’t think we expected it to be this bad. A lot of it was streaking at the wrong times.
But the offense is nonexistent. Forget JBJ over Renfroe, that trade isn’t killing us. We just aren’t hitting. Schwarber is a huge loss. He’s teeing off homeruns as I type. JD Martinez isn’t a beast and homerun numbers are down substantially. Story hasn’t been the defining factor. Renfroe alone can’t save this offense. Devers and Bogaerts are killing it but they can’t carry the team alone. I would say the offense is as bad as the bullpen to a degree because they don’t have the fight to win close games like they did last year.
Then there’s our record against AL East teams. If anyone in their right mind thinks we can compete without winning a series in the toughest division, they’re insane. The Orioles just took 3/4 from Tampa. They have a lot of life, unlike the Sox. The Red Sox have shown this year they can’t beat the big boys. Why should we go all in for an October disappointment? We know we can’t beat these teams even with minor tweaking. Buying is a recipe for disaster. We could go halfway and make it a chance but if we don’t sell in any way, it’s a mistake. No sense in wasting time in 2022 and playing in a unwinnable postseason that will have at least three teams who have beaten up on us all year.
What are you going to do hang on to our very overrated farm players. Are you impressed with anyone who has come up recently? Most of the rookie pitchers give up the game in the first inning. Not one of the guys we have traded for established players is doing anything earth shattering. Kopesch is a reliever and Moncado is a strikeout machine. I would give up prospects for an established player any day of the week.
Kopech has been a pretty good starter this year…
@pwn You have to admit that the starting rotation going into the season looked circumspect. I don’t know how people had confidence that they wouldn’t start breaking down, and then behind them there was no depth. That’s where I would be pointing my finger first and blaming Bloom.
Bloom will acquire Dom Smith at the deadline and nothing else
i honestly see them doing ALOT this week, like the dodgers deal years ago, this team is going nowhere, i can name 7 guys right now id trade, they need a total overhaul, i went to the game the other night, and i was looking at the faces of the outfielders, ( thats where my seats were) and ive never seen a team so unhappy to play baseball, they like, know their gonna loose so they are ready too, ive never, ever seen this team look this bad. Its 1 thing to try and simply loose, but they cant even do that. I just hope it becomes clear what they have is not working, im not even saying sign other players to pretend for 2 months, im saying trade ALOT of the team, play fake baseball for 2 months then this winter overhaul everything, id trade absolutely anyone, i also wouldnt bring back alex cora, this time around he simply isnt the answer.
Sell, just sell, baby. Clean the slate and start over.
Trade everyone. This team is going nowhere.
Eovaldi back to the Rays for a prospect like Bradley or Romero +… makes too much sense.