Red Sox Slugger Officially Not Coming Back in 2024

Sep 3, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Boston Red Sox center fielder Adam Duvall (18) celebrates
Sep 3, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Boston Red Sox center fielder Adam Duvall (18) celebrates / Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

For Red Sox fans still clinging onto any hope of a reunion with slugger Adam Duvall, they can kiss those hopes goodbye.

On Thursday, the Atlanta Braves announced that they had signed Duvall to a one-year, $3 million deal. It will be Duvall's third stint with the Braves, he suited up for Atlanta from 2018-20 and 2021-22. The outfielder was a member of the Braves' 2021 World Series championship team.

Last month, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic had reported that the Red Sox remained "in the market" for Duvall, along with several other veteran outfielders. Duvall's situation was quite similar to Justin Turner's, who ultimately signed a one-year deal with the Toronto Blue Jays. Both were veterans who were in Boston on a one-year deal in 2023, both provided production with the Red Sox, both hadn't received a lot of interest from other clubs in free agency, and both appeared open to returning to Boston. The Red Sox will have neither on their 2024 roster.

In 92 games with the Red Sox last season, Duvall socked 21 home runs and drove in 58 RBI while hitting .247. Duvall was Boston's Opening Day center fielder and got off to a blazing start in which he hit three home runs and drove in 12 runs over his first seven games. On April 9, he broke his wrist while attempting to make a catch and wouldn't return until June 9.

With last season's emergence of Jarren Duran in center, an offseason trade for Tyler O'Neill, and the organization's hopes that prospects Ceddanne Rafaela and Wilyer Abreu can take the next steps, the Boston outfield didn't appear to leave much room for Duvall.

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