3 former Red Sox players we'll be glad are gone, and 2 we'll wish stayed

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4) Red Sox fans miss Nathan Eovaldi's presence in a weak rotation

Letting Nathan Eovaldi walk was the right decision. The injuries were frustrating. He gave Boston only one full season in his five years with the club. The contract he got from Texas guaranteed him $34 million with the potential to max out at $63 million. I'd rather just take the compensatory pick Boston got for him. That doesn't mean he won't be missed.

The Red Sox rotation is bad, to say the least. It's only been three starts, but Chris Sale looks like a shell of the player he once was. The same can be said about Corey Kluber. Tanner Houck and Garrett Whitlock are players with a ton of potential, but they haven't shown anything yet. Nick Pivetta has gotten off to a nice start, but we know what he is at this point.

Eovaldi finished fourth in the AL Cy Young balloting in 2021. When healthy, he's a very capable innings eater which is something Boston could really use right about now.

He was a key piece to the 2018 World Series team, and was also an important piece to that 2021 team that made it to the ALCS.

They made the right decision letting him go because of the red flags and the fact that they got a pick for him. That does not mean they couldn't use him right now.