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Chaim Bloom provides insight into J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts' situations

Chaim Bloom provides insight into J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts' situations

Boston Red Sox new Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom is a busy man this offseason and promises to get busier as key decisions about the team's direction await.

While J.D. Martinez made Bloom's life a little easier (not much) by deciding to not opt out of his contract and remain with the Red Sox, Bloom said he's very pleased with Martinez's decision.

"I think that’s fair," Bloom told WEEI's Rob Bradford on the Bradfo Sho podcast, when asked if Martinez's decision altered the course of the Sox offseason. "Certainly J.D., rightly so and not just through what it is in his contract but obviously he’s an elite player, he had the right to make a decision for himself and he should be able to make that decision with his own interest in mind. We’re happy he chose to stay."

Bloom said he wasn't necessarily surprised by the designated hitter's decision. However, if Martinez decided to opt out, Bloom admitted the Sox would've been in contact with the slugger about a possible new contract.

Still, that doesn't mean Martinez, due $23.6 million this season, won't be traded for future assets as the Sox look to cut payroll.

He has a limited no-trade clause in his contract, and must inform the Red Sox of three potential trade candidates before the end of the month. The payroll-conscious Sox could very well trade him,  but our Red Sox Insider John Tomase believes he could virtually guarantee staying in Boston by blocking potential teams that could trade for him.

While the Martinez issue may or may not be closed, for now, Bloom said he has a clearer vision of Betts' situation after spending a few weeks with the organization. 

"I certainly know a lot more than I did on the day that I got here," Bloom told Bradford. "Not just about him but about a lot of guys. Everything that surrounds his situation, but chiefly because of how excellent a player he is that seems to be the No. 1 topic on everyone’s mind. He’s just a phenomenal player. Obviously, we saw that up close with the Rays. It’s something everyone in our industry appreciates. I’m still getting to know him, but everything I know about him as a human being is also phenomenal. He’s a pretty special person."

Bloom said he's trying to build strong relationships with the players in his early days in the organization. 

"I did talk to him a little bit early on," Bloom said of Betts. "Of course, there are no short cuts to building relationships. I still have some work to do on that front with our group as a whole but I’ve tried to reach out to a number of the guys. They’ve all been great and that’s been really nice. So I know a little bit more than I did in terms of getting my arms around the situation and as a group how we’re going to address it. In that regard, I’m not sure it’s different than any situation with any player. It’s a little more visible. Obviously, it’s an elite player in a situation that is going to get a lot of attention. But it’s the same process of getting to know the situation as it would be really with anything going on in the organization."

While the situation is "more visible," according to Bloom, Tomase believes the Red Sox need to "put the ball in Betts' court" and see what happens. Tomase writes that if Betts isn't going to take a fair deal from Boston, a suitable trade partner should be searched for immediately, rather than well into the 2020 season. 

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MLB Rumors: Red Sox agree to contract with lefthanded pitcher Martin Perez

MLB Rumors: Red Sox agree to contract with lefthanded pitcher Martin Perez

The Boston Red Sox have reportedly made another signing in MLB free agency.

After signing infielder Jose Peraza to a one-year deal earlier in the day on Thursday, the Red Sox agreed to terms with Martin Perez, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.

And per Rosenthal, the deal with pay Perez $6 million in the first year of his deal.

The signing of the 28-year-old lefthander won't do a lot to inspire Red Sox fans. Perez has a career ERA of 4.72 and posted a 5.12 mark last season with the Twins. That said, he did go 10-7 and averaged a career-high 7.3 K/9, so perhaps the Red Sox see a hidden gem.

Perez, a starter, will likely slot into the back-end of the Red Sox rotation. He'll replace Rick Porcello, who agreed to a one-year, $10 million deal with the New York Mets at the MLB Winter Meetings.

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MLB rumors: Red Sox, free agent Jose Peraza agree to one-year contract

MLB rumors: Red Sox, free agent Jose Peraza agree to one-year contract

The Boston Red Sox bolstered their infield depth Thursday by agreeing to sign Jose Peraza to a one-year contract worth about $3 million plus incentives, per MLB Network's Jon Heyman.

Peraza made his Major League debut in 2015 with the Los Angeles Dodgers but spent the last four years with the Cincinnati Reds. He batted .239 with six home runs, 33 RBI and a .285 on-base percentage in 141 games during the 2019 season.

His best season came in 2018 when he batted .288 with 14 homers, 58 RBI and a .326 on-base percentage in 157 games for the Reds. All things considered, Peraza is a good buy-low candidate for the Red Sox, who also could help Boston replace Brock Holt if he departs in free agency.

The 25-year-old infielder brings plenty of positional versatility to the Red Sox. Peraza mostly played second base for Cincinnati this past season, but he also saw time at third base, left field and center field.

Peraza drew interest from at least four teams, per MLB.com's Mark Feinsand.

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