I think this off-season would be the time to acquire something of quality for Verdugo. Coming off a great defensive season with decent offensive production and an inexpensive year left for the acquiring team to evaluate fit long term.What team has major league ready pitching to deal and is willing to assume a year, but just a year, of Verdugo’s contract? It’s a difficult needle to thread- it would clearly be a contending team, but one who had a pitcher it doesn’t need, and a hole in the OF. Hard to see a great match, IMO.
I would only move him for a major league ready pitcher or position player. I think there is a real possibility the player we see today is peak Verdugo. If he starts slowly next year or the real issues with Cora (and the team) filter out you’re probably going to receive less or potentially lose him for nothing to free agency.
I like his passion and thought he had some leadership qualities the team needed desperately this year. But after the latest benching I’ve changed my mind. Good player but he’s not a kid anymore.
If the Sox don’t see him as part of the future I would hope they try to maximize the return. But I’m also waffling with this stance because a motivated, contract year Verdugo could still step up another smaller notch.