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Red Sox Announce Decision on Tommy Pham's 2023 Option

Tyler Maher
The Boston Red Sox have made a decision on Tommy Pham's contract option for the 2023 season.
The Boston Red Sox have made a decision on Tommy Pham's contract option for the 2023 season. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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The Boston Red Sox made several notable moves before the MLB trade deadline last August, including trading for outfielder Tommy Pham from the Cincinnati Reds. Given that Pham's contract included a mutual team option for 2023, there was the potential for Pham to remain in Boston beyond 2022 if he seemed like a good fit.

On Monday, however, the Red Sox elected to decline Pham's $12 million option, making the 34-year-old outfielder an unrestricted free agent.

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While Pham delivered several clutch hits for the Red Sox during his two months there, he ultimately did not perform well enough to guarantee a spot for himself on the 2023 roster. Pham batted just .234/.298/.374 in 53 games with Boston, finishing the 2022 season at .236/.312/.374 with 17 home runs and 63 games in 144 games overall.

Once one of the more dynamic outfielders in the game, Pham has seen his offense, defense and baserunning all decline over the past several years. Over the past three seasons combined, Pham has hit a disappointing .231/.324/.372, which simply isn't good enough for an outfielder.

The Red Sox will look to replace Pham in free agency this winter, where they are expected to pursue a power bat to help upgrade the offense. As for Pham, he'll be on the move again after already playing for five different teams in his nine-year MLB career so far.

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