It’s a sad time of year to be a Red Sox fan. Not only has the team been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs (again), but it’s also our last chance to see some of our favorite players in a Boston uniform before they inevitably depart this offseason.
Last year, we had to say goodbye to Xander Bogaerts, Nate Eovaldi and J.D. Martinez, among others. This year, more will follow them out the door. Some of them we’ll miss, but others not so much.
With that in mind, here are five players who are likely playing their last games with the Red Sox this week.
5 Red Sox Playing Final Game in Boston
1. Adam Duvall
Duvall came in on a one-year, $7 million deal last offseason that worked out great for both sides. The Red Sox got an absolute bargain and added some much-needed right-handed power to their lineup, while Duvall re-established his value after an injury-plagued and disappointing 2022 with the Atlanta Braves.
Duvall did his job this year, crushing 21 homers with 58 RBIs and an .845 OPS in just 87 games. He did miss a good chunk of time with injuries, however, and Jarren Duran’s emergence while he was out made it difficult for Alex Cora to find regular at-bats for him.
With Duvall due for a raise and likely seeking a multi-year deal this offseason, Boston will likely let him walk. He was a Chaim Bloom signing, after all, so the new GM probably won’t feel strongly about bringing him back.
The veteran outfielder was a great pickup, though, and a ton of fun to watch. He gave us some absolutely insane hot streaks, and at times he really was our best player. We’ll definitely miss watching him bash balls over the Green Monster, that’s for sure.