The Boston Globe is among the properties controlled by John Henry in his vast business empire, but he committed an act of journalistic malpractice Monday morning in Fort Myers.
The Red Sox principal owner was guilty of burying the lede. Henry waited until the final paragraph of a two-page prepared statement before cutting to the root cause of the trade that sent Mookie Betts to the Dodgers.
“We felt we could not sit on our hands and lose him next offseason without getting value in return to help us on our path forward,” Henry said.
So, there it is. One of the richest franchises in baseball opted to travel the path often pursued by its cash-strapped peers. No extension for Betts prior to reaching free agency – similar to those signed last offseason by Chris Sale and Xander Bogaerts – led to the departure of a generational talent.
David Price also made his exit to Los Angeles. Alex Verdugo, Jeter Downs and Connor Wong came to Boston. And that leaves Henry, despite his four championships and ending the seemingly interminable 86-year wait for a World Series title, as one of the least popular people currently walking the Back Bay.
Saving the real Betts rationale…