2. Adam Duvall
Duvall has been amazing for Boston this year, but he’s also set to become a free agent this winter. And with their current glut of outfielders, the Red Sox don’t really have room for him.
With Masataka Yoshida, Jarren Duran and Ceddanne Rafaela expected to be Boston’s starting outfielders in 2024, Duvall is the odd man out. He doesn’t want to be a fourth outfielder or have to fight for regular at-bats, especially after he was Boston’s best right-handed power hitter in 2023.
That performance should net the former All-Star a multi-year deal in free agency this winter. Not only is he one of the league’s better power hitters with three 30-homer seasons on his resume, but he’s also a Gold Glove outfielder, making him even more attractive to other teams.
Duvall will get much more than the one year and $7 million the Red Sox gave him this year, but Boston’s money would be better spent upgrading the pitching staff than on an extra outfielder.