Ex-Red Sox not named Mookie Betts off to lackluster starts across MLB

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Chaim Bloom had no choice but to deal Mookie Betts. The rest of the players he walked away from this winter were of his own volition, however, and on that front, it looks like he made some good calls.” data-reactid=”16″>Chaim Bloom had no choice but to deal Mookie Betts. The rest of the players he walked away from this winter were of his own volition, however, and on that front, it looks like he made some good calls.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Bloom elected to keep first baseman Mitch Moreland, who has already blasted three homers while slugging .762.” data-reactid=”17″>Bloom elected to keep first baseman Mitch Moreland, who has already blasted three homers while slugging .762.

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Here’s a quick check-in with the four others who played a regular role in recent years but are now elsewhere. (And Betts, for the record, is hitting .289 with an .880 OPS, though he has missed two games with a finger injury).

<h4 class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="David Price” data-reactid=”24″>David Price

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Bloom traded Price to the Dodgers alongside Betts in a salary dump. We won’t know if he made the right call until Price returns to action next season, because he became the highest-profile player to opt out of the 2020 season after the pandemic hit.” data-reactid=”25″>Bloom traded Price to the Dodgers alongside Betts in a salary dump. We won’t know if he made the right call until Price returns to action next season, because he became the highest-profile player to opt out of the 2020 season after the pandemic hit.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="That decision likely saved the Red Sox the roughly $6 million they owed of his prorated salary this year. Had he remained in Boston, there’s no reason to think he still wouldn’t have opted out, so the Red Sox were lucky to get something for him first.” data-reactid=”26″>That decision likely saved the Red Sox the roughly $6 million they owed of his prorated salary this year. Had he remained in Boston, there’s no reason to think he still wouldn’t have opted out, so the Red Sox were lucky to get something for him first.

<h4 class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Rick Porcello” data-reactid=”29″>Rick Porcello

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Hoo boy. The Mets gave Porcello one year and $10 million, and some believed the Red Sox should’ve ponied up to keep him, figuring his reliability could help patch the holes in a thin rotation. Bloom thought otherwise, and two starts into Porcello’s Mets career, it’s hard to argue.” data-reactid=”30″>Hoo boy. The Mets gave Porcello one year and $10 million, and some believed the Red Sox should’ve ponied up to keep him, figuring his reliability could help patch the holes in a thin rotation. Bloom thought otherwise, and two starts into Porcello’s Mets career, it’s hard to argue.

Porcello allowed seven runs in two innings in his debut, and wasn’t much better in his second start on Friday in Atlanta, allowing four runs in four innings. He’s sitting on a 13.50 ERA that would fit perfectly in Boston, unfortunately.

<h4 class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Brock Holt” data-reactid=”32″>Brock Holt

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The fan favorite utility guy languished for most of the winter before agreeing to a one-year, $3.25 million contract with the Brewers. Bloom decided to allocate those resources instead to Jose Peraza, who is now the team’s starting second baseman.” data-reactid=”33″>The fan favorite utility guy languished for most of the winter before agreeing to a one-year, $3.25 million contract with the Brewers. Bloom decided to allocate those resources instead to Jose Peraza, who is now the team’s starting second baseman.

Holt has barely gotten off the bench in Milwaukee, going 0 for 4 in four appearances. At age 32, his best days are likely behind him. The 26-year-old Peraza has slumped badly since a four-hit debut, but he’s a far superior defender at second and short.

<h4 class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Sandy Leon” data-reactid=”35″>Sandy Leon

Outside of a couple of good weeks in 2016, Leon is what he is offensively. Currently, that’s a .105 hitter with the Indians.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="He effectively traded roles in December with former Cleveland backup Kevin Plawecki, who’s off to a 4-for-10 start that helped make two-time All-Star Jonathan Lucroy expendable.” data-reactid=”37″>He effectively traded roles in December with former Cleveland backup Kevin Plawecki, who’s off to a 4-for-10 start that helped make two-time All-Star Jonathan Lucroy expendable.

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