(First in a series: Over the coming weeks, we'll be examining a specific positional area in the Red Sox minor league system, with an eye toward evaluating depth, impact and timetable for contributions. Today: outfield).
CURRENT MAJOR LEAGUE PERSONNEL: The Red Sox control Alex Verdugo through 2024 and AndrewBenintendi through 2022. Jackie Bradley Jr. is eligible for free agency. Other major league options include Michael Chavis (controlled through 2025), Yairo Munoz (controlled through 2024) and Cesar Puello (controlled through 2024).
OVERALL: The Red Sox have the two corner outfield spots covered, with Benintendi in left and Verdugo in right. Benintendi had a miserable few weeks in 2020 (four hits) before being lost for the season with a ribcage strain. Still, the Red Sox believe there's plenty more there, by virtue of his .830 OPS in 2018 and other flashes across his first four-plus seasons. Verdugo, meanwhile, was a high point in an otherwise forgettable 2020 season, excelling in the field, on the bases and at the plate. It's possible that Bradley could be brought back, but it's more likely that he seeks a longer term deal elsewhere, opening a spot in center.
Jarren Duran Acquired: 2018 draft, seventh round Age: 24 Timetable for arrival: Mid-2021. Skinny: Drafted as a second baseman, Duran made the transition to the outfield in 2018 and profiled as a speed-first, athletic center fielder - think Jacoby Ellsbury minus the outlier season of 2011.