Update on Red Sox's Talks With Adam Duvall, Justin Turner Emerges

The two veteran sluggers provided some much-needed offense for the Red Sox last season.
Aug 22, 2023; Houston, Texas, USA; Boston Red Sox designated hitter Justin Turner (2) hits a single
Aug 22, 2023; Houston, Texas, USA; Boston Red Sox designated hitter Justin Turner (2) hits a single / Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Red Sox are getting prepared for Spring Training next month in Florida, though before they get down to the Sunshine State, they are still putting the finishing touches on the roster.

The team hasn’t made a lot of splash moves this offseason, but that means the front office isn’t working to add a couple of free agents or bring back two players from last year’s squad who have some pop in their bats.

Red Sox Rumors: Boston Still Has Interest In Reunion With Adam Duvall, Justin Turner

Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reported Tuesday that the Red Sox are still engaged with free agents Adam Duvall and Justin Turner. However, Boston plans to not have a regular DH and that the at-bats will be spread around.

Both Duvall and Turner were with Boston last season and played well. The 39-year-old Turner slugged .276 with 23 home runs and 96 RBI in 146 games. The last time the veteran infielder hit 20 or more home runs in the season was in 2021 with the Los Angeles Dodgers (27 home runs and 87 RBI).

Turner spent most of his time last season as the Red Sox’s designated hitter (98 games), but he also played some first base (41), second base (10), and third base (7). Despite almost touching 40 years old, Turner still offers some defensive versatility and a consistent bat, if the Red Sox need someone in a pinch.

As for Duvall, the 35-year-old slugger slashed .247/.303/.531 with 21 home runs and 58 RBI in 92 games last season. The veteran played mostly against right-handed pitching, hitting .248 with 18 home runs and 46 RBI. 

He also played all over the outfield, along with five games at designated hitter. If the Red Sox don’t sign Duvall, he could land with the Angels, who reportedly expressed interest in him earlier this month.

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