Red Sox reportedly in agreement with outfielder adam duvall One year, $7MM deal that could go up to $10MM with performance bonuses, According to Craig Mish of the Miami Herald. According to Chris Cotillo of MassLivePerformances are based on bonus plate appearances. The deal is pending materialisation. Duvall is a client of CAA Sports.
Duvall, 34, began his MLB career with the Giants in 2014 and has since played around the NL for the Reds, Braves and Marlins. The highlights of his career thus far were the 2016 season, when he earned an All-Star selection with the Reds, hitting .241/.297/.498 (104 wRC+) with 33 homers in 150 games, and the 2021 season, where He slashed .226/.287/.513 (107 wRC+) down the stretch for the Braves after a mid-season trade from the Marlins, earning a Gold Glove Award and winning the World Series with Atlanta. On the season, Duvall led the NL in RBIs with 113, while hitting 38 home runs.
Duvall returned to Atlanta for his final year of arbitration for the 2022 season after being non-tendered by the club a year earlier, but his age at 33 didn’t fare well enough ahead of the season with the Braves. Duvall’s offense dwindled significantly in late July, before being sidelined with a left wrist sprain. Coming into the 2022 season, Duvall had a career ISO of .241, and his .263 ISO in 2021 ranked 14th among all qualified batters. That power largely disappeared in 2022, however, as Duvall’s ISO dropped to just .188, just 74th in baseball among players with at least a 300 PA. This decline in power saw Duvall’s offensive production crater, as he compiled just a .213/.276/.401 (87 wRC+) line in 86 games, though his solid defense allowed him to accumulate 0.9 fWAR in that time. Was given
Duvall’s 2022 strikeout and walk rates, in addition to his batted-ball profile, remained fairly consistent with those posted in 2021, suggesting that Duvall’s power outage in 2022 may simply be due to a change in the offensive environment from last season. Maybe, instead of a regression. Skills. For a low-OBP slugger like Duvall, the reduction in power is certainly concerning in relation to his ability to play as an average bat on a daily basis. That being said, Duvall still crushed lefties in 2022 to the tune of a .233/.282/.562 slash line (129 wRC+) while playing a half season split primarily between left and center. Posted a strong +5 OAA field, showing he still has value even if his power doesn’t return to form before 2022.
with offseason acquisitions Masataka Yoshida manning left and alex verdugo Ready to play right field, Duvall looks like a potential platoon partner in middle field zareen duran As the roster is currently built, its meager .221/.283/.363 (78 wRC+) slash line was held in 2022 by a massive platoon split: Duran hit just .184 against lefties for Boston. /.238/.211, good for an unplayable wRC+ of only 22. Against Wright, however, his .229/.293/.398 slash line was nearly league average with a wRC+ of 91. Duvall and Duran Manning Center will allow enrique hernandez to play the infield to cover the loss of xander bogarts in free agency and trevor story getting hurt. Should Boston provide enough infield help so that Hernandez plays center field full-time, as he did in 2022, Duvall could complement the lefty bats of both Yoshida and Verdugo coming off the bench.
Even after a dynasty that saw Boston expand rafael devers Add Yoshida for $313.5MM and Yoshida for five years, with a smaller deal for $90MM kenley johnson, justin turner, corey kluberAnd Chris MartinEven after signing Duvall, Chaim Bloom’s front office has a lot to do before Opening Day. The top priority moving forward is to address the middle infield, where Hernandez could play everyday but is his top option as a double play partner. Christian Arroyo, shortstop elvis andrus, the best left middle fielder on the free agent market, reportedly interested in Boston. being told, josh harrison and maybe even juricson profar remains as a possible option at second base and the Red Sox have also reportedly explored the trade market for infield help.