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Triston Casas Showed The Entire World Why Chaim Bloom Didn't Trade Him For A Rental

Team USA baseball never gets the glitz, the glamor, the adoration that comes with really any of the other sports. We send over some hodgepodge of prospects melded with former big leaguers like Scott Kazmir, Edwin Jackson and David Roberston. Baseball wasn't even in the last two Summer Olympics and I bet you didn't even remember that it was gone. But it's back for Tokyo, and the Boston Red Sox top prospect showcased this morning why Chaim Bloom isn't in a big rush to deal him away for a rental - or, really, anyone.

As the trade deadline came and went, my mentions grew increasingly angrier as people bitched and moaned that the Red Sox "did nothing." And that sentiment pissed me off for three reasons. The first being: Kyle Schwarber was the best power hitter acquired by an American League contender at the deadline. Full stop. I truly do not understand the lack of excitement around this pick up. Schwarber is a monster, and if he hadn't gotten hurt a month ago the Sox never would have been able to acquire his services. Every other big deal that was made this week cost several top prospects, Schwarber went for one guy who is somewhere around the 10th best guy in the system depending on who you ask. The bottom of the lineup has been consistently dreadful this year, and the Sox addressed that with Schwarber. Nelson Cruz, Anthony Rizzo, and Joey Gallo are the other power bats that made their way to the AL East this week. None of them have an OPS over .900, Schwarber does. Gallo leads that trio with 25 home runs, the same number Schwarber has in 24 less games. We're dealing with facts over here, and the fact is none of them have been as impactful with the bat in their hands as Schwarber has this season. To undersell this acquisition just to bitch and moan that the Red Sox "did nothing" is, in a word, moronic. 

My second point requires a bit of nuance, so I don't anticipate it being received well. Chaim Bloom has iron-clad testicles for sticking to his plan. It would have been very easy, extremely Dombrowski-esque, to put Casas, Blaze Jordan, Nick Yorke, Jeter Downs, Brayan Bello, etc. etc., on a platter to make a move to satiate the peanut gallery. Which would then put us directly back into the same hole he's currently trying to pull us out of. I don't think Chaim is beyond questioning, that's not my point. My point is that the same people who spent all winter questioning his every move have been quiet as church mice all regular season because there hasn't been much to bitch about. That's what happens when you turn around the fourth worst team in baseball in one winter to become a World Series contender. They're still a World Series contender. I don't think there was a move or two that could have comfortably put the Red Sox head and shoulders above the White Sox or Astros at the deadline. And if you're mortgaging the future for rentals, you better be damn sure that World Series ticket is stamped. That's not a lack of belief in this team, if you didn't believe in them you'd sell. Chaim got two bullpen arms and the best power bat on the market. José Berríos is extremely cool, a really good pitcher, with another year of control, and he went for nearly an identical package as Max Scherzer and Trea Turner. Trevor Story and/or German Marquez could have been a nice pickup, but seeing as the Rockies didn't do a goddamn thing you have to wonder if they even knew the deadline was yesterday. Kyle Gibson wouldn't have moved the needle at all for this team and you're lying to yourself if you think otherwise. Chaim continues to speak very candidly about the plan in place, he never dodges questions. The goal is to get to the point where the Dodgers are right now. The Dodgers can bully the trade market with top prospects because it doesn't instantly drain their farm system and cripple their flexibility. The Red Sox farm system isn't there yet; it's a lot closer than it was two years ago, but it's not there yet. I'm much more comfortable with someone running the show who isn't scared of the teams behind him, someone who doesn't deviate from his plan just because something shiny and new catches his eye. Topping the Blue Jays offer for Berríos most likely would have required Casas, and as much as I love watching Berríos pitch that price is too steep at this stage of the plan. If in a few years the farm is built up, the big club is making a World Series push, and Chaim still isn't pulling the trigger, that's when you complain. Not now. 

Especially since, and this is my last point, Berríos isn't as good as the pitcher the Red Sox are acquiring for the rest of the season. It's not 1957 anymore. I've never seen a fanbase so worried about Tommy John rehab. Chris Sale hasn't been rushed back, the Red Sox have been extremely careful with his rehab, he's made extra starts at Double-A, his velocity is exactly where it needs to be, his slider is as filthy as we all remember it. Could something unforeseen go wrong? Of course, you could say that about literally every baseball player on the planet right now. Should the Padres have been more aggressive to get Trae Turner now that they know Tatis is hurt again? Of course not. That would be an asinine argument to make. I wrote prior to the deadline that the Red Sox had to do something to improve their roster without punting the farm system. That's exactly what they did. Making big trades is fun, it gets the headlines, people call you a genius in the short term and then bash you if and when you don't win it all. The second Mookie Betts was traded for Alex Verdugo and prospects was the same second the organizational mindset shifted to be much more calculated than the previous regime. The fans, who were very much in favor of that deal, that suddenly want to shift gears and revert back to our old ways don't make any goddamn sense and I hope they feel bad.