6 DH options for the 2024 Boston Red Sox

If it's not Justin Turner, then who do the Red Sox turn to?
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DH option for the Red Sox No. 1) Masataka Yoshida

The heir apparent to DH would be Yoshida, which would also limit Yoshida's adventures in the outfield. The skinny on Masa from his Japanese days was less than spectacular defense. That proved an accurate assessment as Yoshida had a -4 on Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) and -4.2 UZR/150.

Yoshida was not baffled when fellow lefties took the hill, hitting the portsiders at a .273 clip. Where it slides for me is the power department, and that is no surprise, as Yoshida is not a power bat. The DH slot for Boston has had some trademark sluggers, including Orlando Cepeda, Jim Rice, David Ortiz, and J.D. Martinez.

Yoshida was used correctly by manager Alex Cora, giving some downtime at DH and tightening up the defense a tad with Yoshida not in left field. The Red Sox also need his bat, which slumped to .254 in the second half. I expect Yoshida to get a healthy share of plate appearances at DH, no matter who fills the slot full-time or semi-full-time basis.