What We Learned at the 2019 Red Sox Winter Weekend
Boston, MA - One of the great traditions of the baseball off-season and the Boston Red Sox that has arisen as of late is the Winter Weekend. Located at Foxwoods every January, Winter Weekend this year was a celebration of fun thanks to the Red Sox coming off of their 2018 World Series championship victory. Many prominent figures in the Red Sox organization were present, including manager Alex Cora, players Chris Sale and Mookie Betts, general manager Dave Dombrowski, and owner John Henry, as well as fans who love the opportunity to hang out with their beloved baseball team.
However, there were also a great many revelations about the team during Winter Weekend from everything to questions on the fun side to questions on the business side of things.
Recently, the Red Sox avoided arbitration with the reigning 2018 American League MVP by paying Betts twenty-million dollars for the upcoming 2019 season, a good sign for future contract negotiations. The front office management made it clear during Winter Weekend that they want Betts to play in Boston for the remainder of his career and they are uninterested in losing a player of his caliber.
Another contract revelation came when it was revealed that Xander Bogaerts is working towards a deal with Boston, which is better accomplished as soon as possible when considering that Bogaerts' agent is Scott Boras, a notorious Boston poacher.
A less celebratory reveal was the news that Boston has been actively shopping Christian Vazquez and Sandy Leon (but not both for the same deal) because of the management's interest in prioritizing the development of Blake Swihart. It would be odd to see what a Red Sox team would look like without Vazquez or Leon behind the plate, but Swihart has definitely proven himself more than capable.
Additionally, after a controversy with the Clemson Tigers college football team visiting the White House, Rafael Devers became the first Red Sox to announce that he would not visit the White House to celebrate the championship with other players and Cora considering opting out, as well.
In much more enjoyable news, Sale revealed that he has watched the final strikeout of the World Series many times. But so we have all. The Red Sox: they're just like us!