Dream Red Sox starting lineup for the 2024 season

Here's what a dream Red Sox lineup could look like going into 2024.
Aug 29, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani
Aug 29, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani / Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports
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#3 - Jorge Soler/Masataka Yoshida - LF

Given Boston's need to balance their lineup out with at least one more righty bat and the fact that they have a few guys that might be best served as DH, left field is a tricky spot to suss out. Masataka Yoshida had a perfectly reasonable MLB debut, but adding Jorge Soler could be exactly what Boston should want to do.

The Red Sox signed Adam Duvall with the idea of giving them a power-hitting, right-handed bat and Soler is exactly that without the ongoing injury issues that Duvall has dealt with. Soler was banged up in 2022, but he bounced back last year to hit 36 homers with Miami before he decided to test free agency and opted out of his deal with the Marlins.

Soler probably wouldn't be the cheapest option especially if he was used as a strictly platoon option, but we don't care about the money here. More importantly, adding him would allow Boston to slide Soler to DH occasionally (more on that spot in a second) and lengthen Boston's lineup against lefties who gave Boston trouble at times last year. Jorge batting in Fenway Park is also a very fun idea to think about.

Yoshida has earned a chance to see if he can take the next step in 2024. He posted a .783 OPS in 2023 and while he needs to learn to draw more walks, there is plenty to like about what he showed this season in Boston even if there is a chance that he needs to be moved down the lineup in the future.