Red Sox: Five players that won’t have their contracts renewed after 2022

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - SEPTEMBER 20: Jackie Bradley Jr. #19 of the Boston Red Sox returns to the dugout during the seventh inning against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park on September 20, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - SEPTEMBER 20: Jackie Bradley Jr. #19 of the Boston Red Sox returns to the dugout during the seventh inning against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park on September 20, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /
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BOSTON, MA – OCTOBER 11: Tanner Houck #90, Chris Sale #41, Kevin Plawecki #25, and Kyle Schwarber #18 of the Boston Red Sox celebrate with champagne in the clubhouse after winning game four of the 2021 American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays to clinch the series at Fenway Park on October 11, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images) /

Red Sox C: Kevin Plawecki

This is one that I was going back and forth with as Kevin Plawecki in his two years in Boston has been a massive plus in the clubhouse. The tricky situation in regards to Plawecki’s future is the fact that Christian Vázquez will also be a free agent next winter as well. The Plaw Dawg will likely never be a #1 catcher for the Red Sox but with Connor Wong and Ronald Hernández knocking on the door, he could be a good veteran leader.

Plawecki is the type of guy that any club should want to have on their roster as he has zero ego, gives his all, and will keep the good times rolling. Those are obviously not as important as what he can do on the field but it still needs to be taken into account. But, if you do want to go over his stats in Boston I’ll gladly share those numbers with you, friend.

In 88 games played with the Red Sox, Big Kev is crushing to the tune of .305/.364/.414 with four homers and 23 RBI, per Fangraphs. I’ll happily take that from my backup catcher any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

Hell, let’s not forget that it was Plawecki that brought us “Dancing on my Own,” AND the home run cart! This man is a damn Red Sox legend and should be treated as such. If 2022 is his final season in Boston it was one hell of a run.