Adam Duvall, OF
Speaking of questions, why didn’t the Red Sox move Adam Duvall at the trade deadline?
After all, the veteran outfielder was one of the club’s few tradeable pieces with real value. While injuries have caused him to miss nearly half the season, he’s still managed to amass 19 HRs and 52 RBIs while slashing .254/.316/.543 across 80 games.
If he could maintain that production across 162 games, he’d be on pace for 39 homers and 105 RBIs. With his pending free-agent status, Duvall would’ve been the perfect addition for a contender looking to make a postseason push and Boston could’ve milked a couple of solid prospects out of a deal.
Instead, Bloom kept his hands in his pockets and opted to maintain the status quo.
While some Red Sox fans might want to see Duvall back, it’s best to let him go. He just turned 35 at the beginning of the month and there’s no telling if he’ll be as productive next year. It could also be his last chance to chase a big payday in free agency and while Boston isn’t afraid to spend cash, we don’t need to overpay for an aging veteran who’s only played 100 games in a season once since 2019.
The Red Sox had an opportunity to get something for Duvall and they blew it. It’s best for management to just wash their hands and move on before making another mistake involving him.