Red Sox players lose faith Chaim Bloom is interested in this season as the MLB deadline approaches

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The question to Christian Vazquez was simple, as was his answer. But the intervening space was cursed.

After what could have been his final home game in a Red Sox uniform on Sunday, Vazquez responded to the trade rumors. He said the players fight for each other like family and that he hoped they would still be here by Tuesday’s trade deadline.

“Do you think Chaim (Blom) believes in the team?” he asked, a reference to baseball’s chief executive officer who seems ready to drop any number of pending free agents, including Vazquez.

“I don’t know,” he said.

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While it’s easy to say that their dismal performance this month forced Bloom’s hand, there is frustration at the club that nothing has been done to address glaring holes, according to multiple sources. That’s most impressive at first base, where the Mariners acquired veteran shortstop Carlos Santana from the Royals in late June and promptly won 17 of 18 to climb from seven games under .500 to second in the wild-card standings.

The switch hitter is hitting just .179 in Seattle, but he can catch the ball in a spot where porous defense has directly contributed to many of the Red Sox’ losses. And taking action could have bought the club’s goodwill.

Instead, July has brought a parade of Triple-A players who aren’t ready for the big stage, whether it’s infielder Jeter Downs, who has struck out in 21 of his 41 plate appearances, Franchy Cordero, who has committed eight errors in 45 matches. at first, or a parade of arms that simply couldn’t support the rotation for a month with Nathan Eovaldi, Chris Sale, Michael Wacha and Rich Hill variously injured.

Even when things were going well in June, the possibility of a trade at the deadline hung over several veterans. It’s part of the reason the front office took the rare step of assuring All-Star shortstop Xander Bogaerts they won’t be given to him.

But confidence that the front office cares as much about 2022 as 2025 has eroded, which was reflected in Vazquez’s response.

It’s safe to say Vazquez spoke for the room when asked how much his boss cares about this season.

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With the Red Sox a game under .500 and fading in the American League playoff race, he’s not the only standout whose days could be numbered. DHs JD Martinez, Eovaldi, Wacha and Hill could also be on the move, and a natural question they might have is why.

Vazquez sees a team that is still capable of competing. Martinez wonders what the Red Sox might be like at full strength. Neither sounded particularly confident that Bloom would give them a chance to find out.

“We’re still here,” Vazquez said. “We’re controlling what we can control. We’re here fighting together. We’re a family and we’re going to keep going until we see what happens in these two days. We’re still here in this uniform and I hope we stay here.”

“I don’t know (about Bloom),” Vazquez added. “But I know that in this club, in these walls, we believe in each other and we know we can do this together. We’ve done it before and we have to be together like this.”

Martinez has insisted since spring training that he would love to stay in Boston, but the Red Sox are the 12-year veteran’s fourth organization, and with his 35th birthday coming up in three weeks, he long ago surrendered to the mercenary reality of the game.

“I’m not blind,” he said of his current predicament.

That didn’t stop him from delaying his postgame comments so he could wear his Red Sox hat, perhaps for the last time. He said it meant memories of a first class organization.

“As far as I know I’m here,” he said. “I’m not going to think about anything different. I want to make it as hard as I can with Chaim. If we keep winning, I think we can do it. I feel like the pressure has been on since we came back from the All-Star Break. Everyone they feel like you’re fighting for your life type things, fighting to keep the band together.”

On this front, they have clearly failed. The Red Sox opened July 10th over .500 and led the AL wild card race. They finish it in last place after a disastrous 8-19 month that left them looking at seven teams in the wild card.

Bloom said recently that he wouldn’t let the club’s reaction influence his decision-making if he believed a move made baseball sense. He’s about to put that belief to the test, because it’s safe to say Vazquez talked about the room when he wondered just how much his boss cares about this season.

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