4 worst free agent fails of the Red Sox's 2023-24 offseason

The Red Sox passed on a lot of talented free agents this offseason, but these four top the list.

Feb 19, 2024; Glendale, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Teoscar Hernandez (37) during a spring training workout in Glendale, Arizona
Feb 19, 2024; Glendale, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Teoscar Hernandez (37) during a spring training workout in Glendale, Arizona / Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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Jorge Soler

After Hernández signed with the Dodgers, the target for teams like the Red Sox in need of a power bat turned to Jorge Soler. He led the Marlins in home runs in 2023 with 36, with no other Marlins hitter reaching 20 home runs.

Soler isn't as good a defender as Hernandez is, but he makes up for it with his slugging skills. His fit in Boston would have been a middle-of-the-order masher who would likely rotate position-wise between DH and left field.

Unfortunately for the Red Sox, they couldn't get a deal done with Soler either. The San Francisco Giants, also looking for more thump in their lineup, swooped in and signed Soler for three years at $42 million. While San Francisco is a pitcher's ballpark, he's still a much-needed addition for them, though his production would unquestionably be much better in hitter-friendly Fenway Park in a Red Sox uniform.