5. Adalberto Mondesi
Even though he never wound up playing a game with the Red Sox, I don't expect Adalberto Mondesi to be on the organization's payroll once 2024 rolls around.
Mondesi — a 28-year-old infielder with 358 games under his belt — was acquired (along with Angel Pierre) from the Kansas City Royals back in January for Josh Taylor. Red Sox fans had high hopes for the new acquisition based on his promising speed and defensive skills.
Unfortunately, the Los Angeles, CA native wasn't even healthy enough to take one at-bat in 2023.
Mondesi spent the campaign rehabbing from an ACL tear that he suffered in April 2022. The Red Sox were mysteriously quiet on his recovery throughout the season, frustrating some fans. His rehab didn't ramp up until the summer, but setback after setback shut any return hopes down in August.
With Mondesi's acquisition being a Chaim Bloom move, don't be surprised if Breslow washes his hands of the situation. Mondesi is a free agent this offseason, giving the new CBO an easy opt-out.
The veteran infielder could very well return to form, but his constant rehab setbacks raise too many concerns. I hope he's able to take to the field one day soon, but that's a risk that the Red Sox should let another team take.