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The Boston Red Sox signed former Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Jake Faria to a minor-league deal on Saturday, according to a source. Faria began his MLB career mostly as a starter for the Rays in 2017 and 2018, but he's mostly served as a reliever in two seasons since then. The 29-year-old didn't pitch in the majors at all in 2022 and had a 5.51 ERA (4.58 FIP), 1.59 WHIP, 13 walks and 32 strikeouts in 23 appearances (three starts) over 32 2/3 innings pitched for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Faria had a rough 7.48 ERA in 12 outings (nine starts) at Triple-A St. Paul with the Minnesota Twins in 2022. He'll give the Red Sox some starting and relieving pitching depth in 2023 but won't be on the fantasy radar at all if he's in the big leagues.
Boston Red Sox outfielder Adam Duvall (wrist) said he is "full-go" entering spring training after suffering a wrist injury last year. The Red Sox just signed Duvall to a one-year, $7 million deal. The 34-year-old had a career-high 38 home runs and league-leading 113 RBI for the Miami Marlins and Atlanta Braves in 2021, but he disappointed in 2022 because of his wrist injury that required season-ending surgery. He is expected to serve as Boston's regular center fielder, and with better health, we could see a nice bounce-back in the power department in a hitter-friendly ballpark. Duvall does strike out frequently, though, so fantasy managers will mostly be chasing a power bounce-back if they take a chance on Duvall in drafts this spring.
The Boston Red Sox acquired infielder Adalberto Mondesi and a player to be named later from the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday in exchange for pitcher Josh Taylor, according to a source. Mondesi could open the 2023 season as Boston's primary shortstop now, which would allow utility man Enrique Hernandez to shift over to second. The BoSox also have Christian Arroyo as an option for the keystone, so the addition of Mondesi affords them more insurance and flexibility in the middle infield with Trevor Story (elbow) expected to miss the beginning of the season. The 27-year-old Mondesi tore his left ACL last May, but all indications are that he'll be ready for the upcoming campaign. Injuries have caused Mondesi's fantasy and real-life stock to take a major hit, but a bounce-back isn't out of the question considering his overall talent.
Free-agent left-hander Ryan Sherriff announced on his Twitter account over the weekend that he signed a minor-league deal with the Boston Red Sox. Sherriff spent all of 2022 in the minor leagues for the Philadelphia Phillies and had a nice 2.51 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 18 strikeouts and seven walks in just 14 1/3 relief innings over three different levels. The 32-year-old southpaw reliever has spent four seasons in the majors and has a career 3.65 ERA (3.98 FIP), 1.31 WHIP, two saves and 18.7 percent strikeout rate in 44 relief outings covering 44 1/3 innings. If Sherriff is on Boston's major-league roster at any point in 2023, he won't be worth considering in fantasy leagues.
Boston Red Sox first baseman Triston Casas is viewed by the organization as a big piece of what Boston hopes is their next evolution, as he's currently Baseball America's No. 29-ranked prospect in the sport. Casas hit just .197 in his first 27 major-league games in 2022, but it's clear that the Red Sox want him to be part of their future. According to Casas, he hasn't had any extension talks with the team, but he wouldn't mind approaching that subject. General manager Chaim Bloom isn't a stranger to early extensions from his days in the Tampa Bay Rays organization. The 23-year-old youngster is in line to be the team's regular first baseman in 2023 after Boston parted ways with Eric Hosmer this offseason.