If Alex Verdugo has it his way, he will be wearing a Red Sox uniform in the 2024 Major League Baseball season.

Verdugo endured an up-and-down 2023 campaign, a common theme for the veteran outfielder since he was traded to Boston in 2020. The 27-year-old went from garnering some All-Star buzz early in the summer to receiving a late-season benching on what was a borderline rock-bottom day for the Red Sox.

Still, Verdugo boasts a very appealing skill set and his expiring contract theoretically could make him a trade option for Boston over the offseason. But the seven-year pro hopes to keep playing at Fenway Park.

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“Hopefully I stay here with the Red Sox,” Verdugo told The Athletic’s Jen McCaffrey. “I love this organization. I have made it clear to them. Obviously, getting a new GM we’re not too sure where we’re going with it. I do know at the end of the day you just have to work hard, play hard.”

If Verdugo does stick around, the Red Sox will enter the 2024 season with a solid outfield. Boston would be in a pretty good spot with Verdugo, Masataka Yoshida and perhaps highly touted prospect Ceddanne Rafaela, especially from an offensive standpoint.

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But as Verdugo touched on, it will be tough to gauge the Red Sox’s offseason approach until the club organizes its new front office. We could gain a better read on Verdugo’s future once Chaim Bloom is officially replaced.

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