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Chaim Bloom needs 3 trades before Red Sox season ends

ATLANTA, GA – MAY 11: Boston Red Sox’s No. 11 Rafael Devers in the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park on May 11, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia Reacting after a strikeout. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

11-20 Is it time for the Red Sox to abandon the season?Not yet, the trade block has some names that could help Boston get back into the playoffs

The Boston Red Sox have high hopes for the 2022 season.

Last October, they were two games away from the World Series. They won 92 games. Their young stars like Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers are still in the prime of their careers.

Somehow, just over a month into the season, everything went horribly wrong. The Red Sox are 11-20, 11.5 games back to the New York Yankees in the AL East, and even two behind the Baltimore Orioles.

There’s nothing wrong with plaguing the Red Sox. Their offense averaged just 3.5 points per game, third in the league. It would be the team’s worst offensive performance since the dead ball era. Their pitchers made the most saves in the league.

Chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom will have to find a solution or risk seeing playoff berth hopes quickly slip away. “We dug ourselves a hole. No problem. We didn’t play well. Panic didn’t help. We had to play better,” Bloom told MassLive.com this week.

“There’s a difference between urgency and panic. I think we certainly need to show more urgency than we want to feel at this time of the season.”

Only twice in the past 50 years, 2020 and 1996, have the Red Sox’s season started so badly. There are even rumors that the Red Sox might trade Bogart before the All-Star shortstop becomes a free agent this winter. But that would be a sign of panic, something Bloom said the Red Sox won’t do. Recent history supports him.

Just three years ago, the Washington Nationals started the 19-31 season. They could have started dumping and trading away key players like Anthony Rendon, who, like Bogartz, was a free agent after that season. The Nationals didn’t do that. Instead, they added to their roster, trading Daniel Hudson. It was Hudson who recorded the last of the team’s first World Series title on the mound just months after the Nationals seemed to have nowhere to go.

Bloom and the Red Sox shouldn’t give up on 2022 just yet. There’s still time to salvage some things this year and get back into the fray, but it will take some bold moves. Here are three players the Red Sox should consider trading to turn the season around.

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