3 Red Sox players we’ll be glad are gone in 2024 and 2 we wish stayed

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Red Sox player fans will miss: Justin Turner

Boston fell in love with Justin Turner fast. The 15-year MLB veteran is as popular in the clubhouse as he is on the field, and he’s an incredibly valuable player.

But as quickly as he came, Turner was gone. He spent one season with the Red Sox and performed well — so well that many experts and fans imagined he wouldn’t want to return to a team destined for the division’s basement. After he signed with the division-rival Blue Jays however, it became clear that Turner embraced Boston as much as it embraced him.

Soon after new chief baseball officer Craig Breslow was hired, Turner reached out to meet with him to discuss a potential return to the Red Sox. It never came to be, and now the Sox are without a versatile infielder and a consistent, right-handed bat with power behind it. More importantly, however, Boston lost an experienced and respected veteran voice in the clubhouse.

Sure, they still have Trevor Story, but the city of Boston rallied around Turner and he led with ease.