The Boston Red Sox have had a busy offseason, but their to-do list remains incomplete. For starters, they still need more power in the lineup and help at middle infield after the departure of Xander Bogaerts and the news of Trevor Story's injury.
Boston deftly addressed both of those issues this week by inking a former All-Star and World Series champion.
Adam Duvall Red Sox News
The Red Sox added some much-needed thump to their offense by signing Adam Duvall to a one-year, $7 million deal with an additional $3 million in incentives.
Duvall, 34, was an All-Star in 2016 and has been one of the sport's more underrated power hitters throughout his career, topping 30 home runs three times. He recently bashed a career-high 38 homers while leading the National League with 113 RBIs in 2021, helping the Atlanta Braves win the World Series that year.
Duvall also won his first career Gold Glove in 2021 and is capable of playing all three outfield positions, so he provides some defensive flexibility as well. He's expected to open the season in center field, which allows Boston to slide Kike Hernandez to shortstop to replace Bogaerts.
The Red Sox still need a second baseman, but their starting lineup is starting to come together. They're also hoping Duvall will benefit from Fenway Park, which should help the right-handed masher bounce back from last year's disappointing .677 OPS. If he does, Boston's outfield will be much more intimidating than last year, when the group ranked 28th in MLB with just 44 home runs.