Alex Verdugo had impossible shoes to try and fill, being dealt to the Boston Red Sox from the Los Angeles Dodgers in part of the Mookie Betts trade.
The 24-year-old outfielder, though, has been one of Boston’s most consistent players, despite the team’s 21-34 record.
In addition to his offense, where Verdugo is slashing .330/.383/.508 with an .891 OPS in 49 games played, his defense also stands out, as he leads Major League Baseball with seven outfield assists.
Undoubtedly, he’s been Boston’s most valuable player this season, and manager Ron Roenicke expressed just that Wednesday.
“Yeah well I hate to make those comments because of the other guys, but yes,” Roenicke said through a chuckle when asked if he considered Verdugo the team’s MVP. “He would (be).”
Verdugo’s contributions have been clear to everyone, as ESPN recently named him as Boston’s best player.