The Boston Red Sox made an important move on Wednesday morning when they inked veteran outfielder and slugger Adam Duvall to a one-year, $7 million contract that also includes an additional $3 million in incentives.
Duvall gives the Red Sox some power from the right side and he can also provide Gold-Glove caliber defense out in left field.
He could also play a little first base if Bobby Dalbec and Triston Casas don’t pan out.
Earlier this morning, MLB insider Jon Morosi stopped by MLB Network to break down the Red Sox’s latest move, and what signing Duvall could mean for them as they prepare for the 2023 season.
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Morosi made some interesting points here about what this signing means for the Red Sox.
The team is still feeling the effects of losing Xander Bogaerts in free agency.
On top of that, the team struggled after losing Kyle Schwarber in free agency last offseason.
As Morosi mentioned, the team is still feeling the effects of those losses.
Both were part of their 2021 team that reached the ALCS.
But at the same time, Duvall brings a little more security to the Red Sox outfield, which was in need of another bat.
Morosi also discussed the idea of Duvall playing center field for the Red Sox in 2023.
Playing center field at Fenway Park is no easy task, given the dimensions.
With Duvall in the fold, it’s possible that the team moves Enrique Hernandez to shortstop while they wait for Trevor Story to return.
Morosi also did not rule out the possible addition of another infielder.