New York Yankees fans would love for this Boston Red Sox core to go away. It’s been far too many years in a row where all of Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers and JD Martinez have played a role (alongside Mookie Betts, Alex Verdugo and many more undesirables) in sinking the Bombers’ ship one way or another.
Thankfully, Boston importing executive Chaim Bloom from the Tampa Bay Rays has sucked the life out of baseball for the Sox (despite a faux 2021 ALCS run), turning the front office into a penny-pinching operation focused on devaluing players (gotta find everyone who can do more for less!) and making over-the-top trades (Hunter Renfroe) that always seem to suggest, “We’re smarter than you.”
If you’re to ask Martinez, who has been a fixture for the Sox for the past five years and has been under two very different regimes led by Dave Dombrowski and Bloom, the star slugger believes the end could be near for this iteration of the Sox.
As if the nonexistent contract extension talks with Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers weren’t enough to suggest big, bad change is coming for the folks in Beantown, Martinez’s recent radio appearance made it abundantly clear.
With the trade deadline approaching in a few weeks, Martinez described the vibe in a way Yankees fans will thoroughly enjoy.
JD Martinez makes Yankees fans happy with his Red Sox trade deadline comments
"“Very weird,” Martinez said on the “Bradfo Sho” podcast.“Obviously you think about it as a player. Me, [Xander Bogaerts], Christian [Vazquez], Nate [Eovaldi], some guys …you can keep going,” Martinez said, referencing some of the players with expiring contracts. “Guys that are impact players. At the same time it puts these guys in a tough spot too. They go and they get nothing back for them.”"
And how about manager Alex Cora!! Publicly joking about the “last dance”! Very funny. The stuff your fans love to hear. It’s like Kendall Roy telling the employees of Vaulter that they’re “a family” before firing all of them the next day.
With so many key players headed for free agency after this season, do Bloom and the Sox believe it’s worth it to buy at the deadline as they fight tooth and nail for an AL Wild Card spot? It’ll perhaps depend on the ground they can potentially make up in the division before the trade deadline. If they’re trailing the Yankees by double digits by then, it’ll be hard for the cut-and-dried approach of Boston’s front office to justify adding more and putting the team in a potential precarious situation beyond 2022.
The AL picture is a bloodbath, too. Eight teams are contending for a wild card spot and the Sox only have a one-game cushion.
If Boston can’t make any headway against the Bombers this weekend, Martinez and the Sox will no doubt feel even stranger as the clock ticks.