The Boston Red Sox are expected to be active before the expiry of the Major League Baseball trade this year. The throw – of the rotation at a time – of the marker – is the obvious priority according to what happened during the first half of the season.
Tony La Russa, vice president of the Red Sox and special assistant to baseball president Dave Dombrowski, is not sure that Boston will target players with expiring contracts, although the organization is trying to rebuild its farming system and negotiate a lease. could be detrimental to this cause.
"You ask me my opinion, I'll give it to you: it's been two years that I'm in the spring in training, observing (prospects), we definitely have again in reserve the minor leagues with legitimate prospects, and we If you want get a deal, have a process, "La Russa said Thursday on" Dale & Keefe "from WEEI, as transcribed by WEEI.com. "But I know we're convinced that this is the right time to rebuild and refresh our minor leagues so that we can continue to negotiate contracts in the future, and if you want to try to make a single contract for a guy a free agent or something like that and give up some hopes, that probably does not make much sense for our club. "
Boston's agricultural system has been a resounding success in recent years for two main reasons: 1) many of the Red Sox's top prospects have moved up to majors and contributed at the highest level, and 2) Boston has entered into several agreements involving high-end minor leaguers. .
The results are hard to dispute, as the Red Sox have won 108 regular season games before winning a World Series title in 2018, which does not just justify Boston's aggressive approach to the trade market. But it is obvious that the club would like to re-equip itself on the farm, if possible, and is already making progress in this area.
"I'm not the guy making the last call," La Russa said. "But I think you have to be very careful, now that you are starting to rebuild the minor leagues, entering into an agreement that will strip us again and the only benefit you will get is the rest of the year."
This does not mean that the Red Sox will not consider the trade of players ready to become free agents after this season. As La Russa has noted, he simply shares his opinion of how he views Boston's quest for lasting success. Dombrowski is finally in a position to make the last call.
La Russa's comments are remarkable, especially as Zack Wheeler – a pitcher linked to the commercial rumors of the Red Sox this week – would be a rental and the cost of acquiring players in expiring contracts tends to be lower in terms of prospect capital.
Of course, the disadvantage of acquiring a lease is that you run the risk of giving up a valuable asset for two or three months from a particular player. It's bad if you do not win the World Series afterwards, but sometimes a team must take this opportunity to overtake it in October.
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