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Red Sox Avoid Arbitration with Utility Outfielder

Tyler Maher
The Boston Red Sox have avoided arbitration with a utility outfielder.
The Boston Red Sox have avoided arbitration with a utility outfielder. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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The Boston Red Sox are working on bringing back several players from last year, most notably Xander Bogaerts.

On Wednesday it was announced that the team has reached an agreement for an important depth piece to return in 2023.

The Red Sox have avoided arbitration with outfielder Rob Refsnyder and are bringing him back on a one-year deal.

Refsnyder joined Boston on a minor-league deal last winter but emerged as one of the team's best hitters after being called up. His .881 OPS paced all Red Sox hitters as he batted .307/.384/.497 with 6 home runs, 11 doubles and 21 RBIs in 57 games, proving to be one of the few bright spots on a last-place team.

The 31-year-old was also useful defensively, manning all three outfield positions for Boston. He has experience playing first base and second base as well and could be used there in a pinch.

The Red Sox hope Refsnyder can be an effective reserve again in 2023, as having a proven hitter off the bench is key when players get hurt or need a day off. He may not be a star, but he is still vitally important to the team's success.

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