4 former Red Sox struggling mightily during 2024 spring training

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Alex Verdugo

The Red Sox traded their reliable right fielder Alex Verdugo to the Yankees this offseason and he hasn't had the best start to his tenure in New York.

Verdugo's offense has been sparse. He's batting .222/.333/.278 in eight spring training games. He's posted four hits, an RBI, two walks and six strikeouts.

Verdugo is often a streaky hitter and he's missed some time this spring after being hit by a pitch, so there may be external factors at play in his production. Verdugo also doesn't need to produce to the extent he did on the Red Sox, although it would be nice for New York if he did. He was used as a top-of-the-order bat in Boston and doesn't need to fulfill that responsibility in the same lineup with Aaron Judge and Juan Soto.

Verdugo's usual streakiness would suggest that he'll find himself in time, and batting later in the order should suit him better than his previous spot with the Sox.