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McAdam: Obtained for Mookie Betts, Alex Verdugo knows expectations are high … and welcomes them

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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Alex Verdugo wasn't the only player the Red Sox got back when they shipped Mookie Betts (and David Price) to the Los Angeles Dodgers. After the trade was re-worked, the Sox also obtained two other prospects in the five-player deal.

But as the only player coming back with major league experience, Verdugo instinctively knows that, for now, he's the face of the trade. He'll be the player Red Sox fans think of when they lament the departure of Betts.

In short, he'll have a target on his back. And he's ready for it.

"I know who I am, I know what I can do on the baseball field,'' said Verdugo, who met with the media for the first time Saturday. "I'm extremely confident in my abilities -- defensively, in the batter's box, baserunning. I know that I can be a game-changer. I plan on being an All-Star, having Gold Gloves, Silver Sluggers. I plan on that.