Opening Day for Major League Baseball is set for July 23, and the Red Sox have several question marks after the trade of Mookie Betts and David Price, along with the loss of Chris Sale for the season due to Tommy John surgery.
WEEI executive editor Rob Bradford joins NEBJ Podcast host Dan Guttenplan to break down the outlook for the Red Sox’ 60-game season and share some of his experiences working the beat for almost 20 years.
“Everybody who says this team is set up for the 60-game season better than other teams, no one knows,” Bradford said. “We’ve seen teams get off to good starts and go on runs, but you just don’t know.”
Bradford also shares his thoughts on the offseason trade of Betts, who is rumored to be on the brink of signing a 13-year contract for more than $380 million.
“I didn’t think they were going to get the value they needed for him,” Bradford said. “They ended up getting decent value. As it turned out, it worked out great for the Red Sox because David Price ended up opting out. And they would have only had Betts for 60 more games. Sometimes you have to bite the bullet. I think where the Red Sox went wrong was not just telling fans, ‘This is life. It’s OK. This is how the world works in baseball. Sometimes you have to reset.”
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