Team MVP -- Alex Verdugo As Roenicke said last week, Verdugo -- who wasn’t even in the Opening Day lineup -- was Boston’s clear MVP. The newcomer made an immediate impression in Boston, finishing tied with Jackie Bradley Jr. for first on the club in WAR (1.9) and shining on both sides of the ball. In 53 games, Verdugo posted career-highs in virtually every offensive category, showed off his arm with seven outfield assists and electrified a team that was sleepy for most of the season.
The Boston Red Sox fired manager Ron Roenicke yesterday. Roenicke, who was the bench coach for the BoSox under Alex Cora in 2018-19, was named as manager after Alex Cora resigned (and subsequently received a one year suspension) as a result of his role in the Houston Astros’ 2017 sign-stealing scandal. The Red Sox did not come into 2020 bearing high expectations, with the team having dealt Mookie Betts and David Price to the Los Angeles Dodgers, stripping away two key members of the club.
Varitek spent the year in the dugout with the Red Sox this year and has some experience being around this roster in a coaching capacity. I still think it’s unlikely, but it’s not ridiculous. If he doesn’t get it, I’d expect him to at least get very real consideration as the bench coach.