Red Sox Solidify Outfield Depth With Latest Signing

Tyler Maher
The Boston Red Sox bolstered their outfield depth with their latest free-agent signing.
The Boston Red Sox bolstered their outfield depth with their latest free-agent signing. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

If the Boston Red Sox learned anything from their calamitous 2022 season, it's that you can never have too much depth. A tidal wave of injuries sunk the team in July, sending the depleted Red Sox to their second last-place finish in three years.

In particular, Boston has much more depth in the outfield this year after being forced to rely on the likes of Jarren Duran and Jackie Bradley Jr. last year. The Red Sox made a big splash earlier this offseason by signing Japanese outfielder Masataka Yoshida, then added two more outfielders this week for good measure.

The first was Adam Duvall, who's expected to man center field with Yoshida and Alex Verdugo flanking him. The second was Raimel Tapia, who looks like a possible fourth outfielder after signing a minor-league deal with Boston.

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Tapia, 28, will remain in the AL East after playing for the Toronto Blue Jays last season. He's subpar offensively but is a decent fielder who can hit for average and has some speed, making him a quality bench option.

Tapia, who also played for the Colorado Rockies from 2016-2021, is a career .277/.318/.392 hitter. His numbers didn't change much after leaving Coors Field, so Red Sox fans don't have to worry about an offensive drop-off like the one Trevor Story experienced last year.

With Tapia and Duvall in the mix, Boston now has a solid outfield on paper that should perform considerably better than last year's group. It may not be the most exciting crew, but there's a good mix of speed, power and defense, all of which was sorely missing last season.

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