The Red Sox are looking for Adam Duvall and shortstops.
The Boston Red Sox, who have needs in the infield and outfield, throw a wide net in search of depth. Among the names on their radar is free fielder Adam Duvall, according to people familiar with the situation.
Duvall, 34, can be seen in the mold of Hunter Renfroe. He’s a Gold Glove caliber defenseman who has the versatility to play any outfield position. He can hit with power, hitting 38 home runs in 2021 and 12 in half a season in 2022 before undergoing wrist surgery in July to end the season. He will benefit from a short-term contract and add needed power to a losing Red Sox team.
While Duvall’s name is clearly on the Red Sox’s radar, their intentions for the shortstop position are unclear – and that’s arguably their biggest need with Xander Bogaerts now in San Diego and Trevor Story out indefinitely after elbow surgery. Among the options available are Elvis Andrus, Jose Iglesias and Andrelton Simmons, but none are of the caliber of Bogaerts or Story.
Andrus, 34, struggled with the Oakland A’s last season, but he went .271/.309/.464 with nine home runs and 28 RBIs in 43 games while posting a WAR of 3. Iglesaias, meanwhile, had two separate stints with the Red Sox. He’s coming off a season in which he hit .292/.328/.708 in 118 games and despite providing virtually no power, he’s an above average defender. Simmons is the worst of the three options, he appeared in just 34 games last season with the Cubs, and went a mediocre .173/.244/.187 with zero home runs and seven RBIs.
Maybe the Red Sox will look to the trade market for a shortstop, but even then the options are slim. But baseball manager Chaim Bloom clearly needs to do something and adding Duvall, along with 1-2 shortstop options, would be a good place to start.
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