Alex Cora shares his take on Red Sox’ puzzling MLB trade deadline activity

What’s the endgame for Chaim Bloom and the Boston Red Sox?

That’s what many were wondering as they watched Bloom straddle the line between buying and selling ahead of Tuesday’s MLB trade deadline. The Red Sox’ chief baseball officer dealt starting catcher Christian Vazquez to the Houston Astros for a pair of prospects in a move that appeared to signal “sell,” but then turned around and acquired outfielder Tommy Pham, catcher Reese McGuire and first baseman Eric Hosmer, who addresses one of the team’s most glaring needs.

So, did Boston actually improve via its series of moves, and is this team any better-equipped to secure a wild card spot as it sputters around .500?

Tomase: Red Sox in dreaded no man’s land after uninspiring deadline

Red Sox manager Alex Cora was asked Thursday if he felt his team got better and gave a somewhat diplomatic response.

“I feel like our roster is in a better place, in the sense that we got options off the bench,” Cora told WEEI’s “Merloni, Fauria & Mego” radio show. “Like I said, in nine innings we can do a lot of things, mix and match with the opposition. That’s the way I see it. Obviously, we’ve got to get healthy. That’s the most important thing.”

While Hosmer and Pham improve Boston’s depth in two key areas, neither player really moves the needle. And while injured players like Kiké Hernandez and Michael Wacha could give…

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