Hello and welcome to today’s Reader’s Digest condensed edition of Sunday Mail. We’re going baseball-only since all of the Patriots questions will be obsolete after today’s Bills matchup and the best of the Celtics, Bruins and media questions were answered in the chat.

Also, in case you missed it, here’s my longer Sunday piece on Bill Belichick, Chuck Noll, Bill Walsh, and what happens when a successful coach ages. The game won’t pass him by — though today’s particular game makes me nervous.

On to …


Will the Red Sox start trading AA talent to get more value before they come up so they don’t expose their foibles at the major league level?
— Tatupu

Unilaterally? In a vacuum? Well, no. Of course not. That would be foolish. I understand the genesis of this question — it’s because Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr. failed to meet their massive expectations this season, and Will Middlebrooks continued to regress. But generalizing — hurry, trade all alleged prospects before they fail! — would be a brutal approach to building a roster. Young, cost-controlled talent is essential to even the rich teams, and the notion that they need to get rid of them before they are exposed is the wrong way of looking at it. Many of them will make it — I’m convinced Bogaerts will be everything we thought he was last October, Mookie Betts looks like a potential cornerstone, Blake Swihart and Henry Owens are among the best prospects at their respective positions, and so on. Some won’t. The key is sorting out the keepers — like the Sox did with Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Jon Lester a decade ago — from those whom the organization believes are expendable.

Hey Chad– I respect your thoughts on the Sox and tend to agree about 95% …read more