Red Sox' Bloom ready to ride momentum from '21

Red Sox execs are not expecting to splurge on any free-agent signings this offseason, but to build around the present coreGETTY IMAGES

Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom at his end-of-season news conference yesterday explained his vision for the future, and seeing the way the '21 season "all played out and how well the Sox are set up to do it again next year was a feather in Bloom's cap," according to Jason Mastrodonato of the BOSTON HERALD. Bloom has largely "maintained his top prospects, limited owner John Henry’s spending, and carefully added depth around the edges," and "it worked." The Red Sox "won 92 games, snuck into the postseason, knocked out two division rivals and became one of the final four teams standing." It is unlikely the Red Sox "will be big spenders in free agency, it’s unlikely they’ll dig into their farm system to acquire any marquee players via trade and it’s likely the only new faces that appear on the 2022 team are going to be diamonds in the rough or bargain finds in free agency." There is "nothing wrong with that plan if it works." The Red Sox "generated interest, they sold postseason tickets and they did so without exceeding the luxury tax threshold" (BOSTON HERALD, 10/26). Bloom said, "We're here. I think the vision now is just to continue to build on what we had this year where we had Fenway Park -- playing postseason baseball, meaningful games, almost all the way to the World Series'" (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/26).

UPDATE ON VACCINES: In Boston, Julian McWilliams notes the Red Sox "never made it to the 85-percent threshold which deemed a team fully vaccinated under MLB policies." The decision to sign free agents or re-sign players who are not vaccinated "still has little definition according to Bloom, but it will be something that's assessed." Bloom said that he "will continue to have conversations with players who are under contract and aren't vaccinated" (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/26).

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