Top 5 Free Agents the Red Sox Must Target After Missing Out on Yoshinobu Yamamoto

Oct 28, 2023; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery (52) throws a
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4. Teoscar Hernandez

Teoscar Hernandez has been one of the best under-the-radar bats in baseball for several seasons now. The outfielder earned Silver Slugger honors in 2020 and 2021, while also receiving MVP votes.

The right-handed hitter has socked at least 25 home runs in each of his last three seasons, and drove in 93 runs last season with the Seattle Mariners. To top things off, Hernandez has raked at Fenway Park in his career, hitting .287 with 48 hits, 14 home runs, 44 runs batted in, and 36 runs scored in 44 games.

Hernandez has struck out at a high rate in past seasons (including 211 K's in 2023), but new-school baseball analytics don't give a lot of credence to strikeouts, if Breslow subscribes to that line of thinking.

Hernandez patrolled right field for 135 games in 2023 for the Mariners, and manned the outfield for parts of six seasons with Boston's divisional foe Toronto, so there he has familiarity with the quirky Fenway outfield. With new trade acquisition Tyler O'Neill expected to take the left-field spot and Jarren Duran in center after a breakout 2023 campaign, Wilyer Abreu is currently slotted in as the Red Sox' starting right fielder. Hernandez would be the preferable choice over the inexperienced Abreu, who only has 76 Major League at-bats under his belt.

Given O'Neill's injury history, Hernandez's versatility to play left field is an added bonus. identified Boston as one of the best fits for Hernandez, along with the Los Angeles Angels, Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Dodgers, Washington Nationals, and Texas Rangers.