3 Red Sox Who Won’t Be Back After 2023 Season Collapse

Alex Verdugo's time in Boston appears to be up: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports
Alex Verdugo's time in Boston appears to be up: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports /
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3. Alex Verdugo

The Red Sox have to be sick of Verdugo by this point. He looked like he was going to be a pretty good player for them during his first season with the team in 2020, but the last three years have been a frustrating disappointment.

Verdugo has plateaued as a player despite seemingly having the potential to be better. His work ethic, hustle and attitude have all been called into question, causing Alex Cora to frequently call him out and push him to be better.

None of it has worked, however. Verdugo appeared to seal his fate in Boston by showing up late to a crucial August game against the Blue Jays, forcing Cora to bench him in a particularly ugly moment for the organization.

With only one year to go before Verdugo hits free agency, look for the Red Sox to shop him hard this winter. He needs a change of scenery in the worst way, and his baggage just isn’t worth it anymore.

Verdugo may not be a star, but he’s a solid outfielder who will attract interest on the trade market. It will be shocking if he’s back with the team next year and will be further proof that Bloom has no idea what he’s doing.

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