After winning the 2018 World Series, the Boston Red Sox have missed the MLB postseason for the third time in four years. Injuries can be blamed for some of the club's shortcomings, but the Red Sox have enough talent that they should've challenged for at least a wild-card spot.
Anyone that's familiar with the Red Sox knows how much the organization dislikes failure. After the second sub-.500 record since 2020, there's no doubt that general manager Brian O'Halloran will do what he can to help Boston become a contender again, even if that means addition by subtraction.
Here are three players that likely won't be returning to the Red Sox for the 2023 MLB season.
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1. James Paxton, SP
The Red Sox had high hopes when they brought James Paxton into the starting rotation on a one-year, $6 million contract. Unfortunately, the veteran southpaw has yet to pitch a single game for Boston as he continues to recover from Tommy John surgery. Paxton does have an option on his contract that would see the Red Sox pick him up for both the 2023 and 2024 seasons, which is risky for a 33-year-old pitcher that has started only six games since the beginning of 2020. The last thing Boston wants to do is be stuck with an injured $26 million player for two years. While Paxton could pick up his one-year player option, it's best for both sides to get fresh starts next year.
2. Rich Hill, SP
Despite being 42 years old, Rich Hill continues to defy Father Time. The veteran hurler is set to be a free agent this offseason and though he hopes to remain with his home state team, there's no guarantee that the Red Sox will bring him back. His 4.27 ERA in 26 starts is solid, but it's important to point out that his ERA has increased every year since 2019. Eventually, time will catch up to him and the last thing Boston needs is for him to fall off a cliff while trying to compete again. Besides, the former Michigan Wolverine is no stranger to moving around, having played for five different clubs over the last three years while also departing the Red Sox three previous times in his career.
3. J.D. Martinez, DH
J.D. Martinez has been a fan favorite over the last five seasons. Even though he made the All-Star Game for the fourth time in five years, the upcoming free agent is no longer the 40-home run, 100-RBI hitter that he once was. Additionally, Martinez also restricts the roster a bit due to his only playing in the designated hitter spot these days. The three-time Silver Slugger might just not be a fit for the Red Sox's new era, which is why the two sides might part ways this season. As great as Martinez's days were in Boston, he's likely a better fit elsewhere.
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