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Teams almost never get equal value in return for trading star players, and Boston Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom wasn't going to let that dissuade the team from dealing Mookie Betts.
In an interview on WEEI's The Greg Hill Show (h/t MassLive's Nick O'Malley), Bloom explained the Red Sox's position as they weighed what they could get in a Betts trade. He said Boston wanted a package "to make this roster more sustainable but still competitive":
"I didn't necessarily expect, just knowing he's such a great player, so important to the franchise, that somebody was going to meet that bar.