The Red Sox designated Matt Barnes for assignment on Tuesday. Colin E. Braley/Associated Press

The Red Sox made last week’s agreement with Adam Duvall official in a transaction-busy Monday on Jersey St.

To make room on the 40-man roster the Red Sox designated former closer Matt Barnes for assignment.

The Red Sox and Duvall agreed to a one-year, $7 million contract on Wednesday. The agreement, which was first reported by Craig Mish of the Miami Herald, includes $3 million in performance bonuses based on plate appearances, the source said. Duvall can earn a maximum of $10 million in 2023.

Duvall projects to play center field for Boston with Kiké Hernández, likely moving to the infield. Hernández could play a mixture of second base and shortstop alongside newly acquired shortstop Adalberto Mondesi or incumbent second baseman Christian Arroyo.

Duvall is the final piece of a new-look outfield for the Red Sox which will feature fellow free agent signee Masataka Yoshida in left, holdover Alex Verdugo in right field and Rob Refsnyder and Jarren Duran as potential depth options. Verdugo is also capable of playing center and Duvall has the ability to play in all three spots. Only 75 of his 722 career appearances in the outfield have come in center, though that was his most common position (44 games) in 2022.

Duvall won a Gold Glove in right field in 2021 and posted strong metrics as a defender last year, according to Statcast. He was in the 88th percentile in outs above average, the 78th percentile in arm strength, the 74th percentile in outfield jump and the 67th percentile in sprint speed.


Offensively, Duvall had a down year in a shortened 2022 season. He hit .213 with 12 homers and a .677 OPS before being shut down in July due to a wrist injury that required surgery. In 2021, Duvall posted one of his best offensive seasons, recording an .833 OPS season to go along with 38 homers and a National League-leading 113 RBIs in 146 games for the Marlins and Braves. His right-handed swing could play well at Fenway Park, where he is 6-for-18 with four homers and a double in four career games. He had a three-homer game for the Braves in Boston in 2020.

Meanwhile, the Red Sox and Kansas City Royals exchanged promising players who missed most or all of the 2022 season.

First reported by’s Mark Feinsand, the Sox will receive Mondesí, who missed all but 15 games last year due to a torn ACL, and a player to be named later or cash considerations in exchange for left-handed reliever Josh Taylor, who hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2021 due to back issues. The Red Sox confirmed the trade.

Ahead of Red Sox Winter Weekend last Friday, Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom made it clear that fortifying the middle infield was a top priority. Now, the Sox are giving up a solid bullpen piece for a more expensive player with fewer years of club control in order to do so. Taylor is set to earn $1.03 million this year and won’t reach free agency until 2026, while the Royals avoided arbitration with Mondesí by agreeing to a $3.045 million salary; he’s on track for free agency after the upcoming season.

The Sox are giving up a pitcher who excels at limiting lefties; over 107 career games thus far, Taylor has held lefty batters to a .174/.249/.230 line. Prior to missing the entire 2022 season with a back injury, he’d had been one of Boston’s most reliable relievers since his 2019 debut. In 2021, southpaw, who will turn 30 in March, posted a 3.40 ERA across 47 2/3 innings.

Mondesí, is the son of Raúl 13-year MLB veteran who won 1994 NL Rookie of the Year and two Gold Gloves, Adalberto’s big-league career began in a unique and historic way. As a 20-year-old top prospect in 2015, he became the first player in major-league history to make their debut during the World Series.


Mondesí is a career .244/.280/.408 hitter, but brings much-needed defensive depth to a weak middle infield that will be without Xander Bogaerts for the first time in a decade and without Trevor Story for at least several months of the season. Kiké Hernández is slated to be the everyday shortstop, while Christian Arroyo will handle second base. Rob Refsnyder and Niko Goodrum, signed to a minor-league contract, offer infield depth as well.

Primarily a shortstop (241 starts), Mondesí has also made 64 career starts at second and 20 at third in his seven big-league seasons. Partially due to the Royals having more everyday infield options, he’s only played more than 60 games once in his career, when he played 102 games in 2019. Of course, no one played more than 60 games in 2020.

WHITE SOX: Pitcher Mike Clevinger is being investigated by Major League Baseball following an allegation of domestic violence.

Olivia Finestead publicly revealed the allegations in an Instagram post. Clevinger, a 32-year-old right-hander and a six-year major league veteran, agreed to a $12 million, one-year contract as a free agent that was announced on Dec. 4.

“MLB opened an investigation after learning of these allegations,” the team said in a statement. “The White Sox were not aware of the allegations or the investigation at the time of his signing. The White Sox will refrain from comment until MLB’s investigative process has reached its conclusion.”

Sam Levinson, one of Clevinger’s agents, did not respond to a request for comment.


Finestead said she is the mother of Clevinger’s child and alleged he fathered two other children that were not hers. She posted a photo of marks on her body with accompanying words that alleged the injuries were “from when he threw an iPad at me pregnant” and “finally left when he strangled me.”

“Mike Clevinger,” she added, “you really deserve hell I’ve kept quiet now for almost a year and you continue to covertly abuse your infant.” She said Clevinger “threw chew spit on our baby.”

The Athletic reported Finestead told it she notified MLB of her allegations last summer.

GUARDIANS: Manager Terry Francona’s beloved ride has been stolen.

The scooter that Francona rides from his downtown Cleveland apartment to Progressive Field on game days was swiped over the weekend. Francona’s scooter was parked outside his residence.

A team spokesman said police were notified of the theft, which happened late Friday night or early Saturday.


The 63-year-old Francona, who spends the offseason in Arizona, was in Cleveland over the weekend for Guards Fest, the team’s annual winter fan festival. He noticed his scooter was missing before attending Saturday’s event.

METS: New York signed veteran outfielder Tommy Pham to a one-year contract, adding to their busy offseason.

Pham provides depth and a dangerous bat, giving New York a proven fourth outfielder and a right-handed option at designated hitter to complement lefty Daniel Vogelbach.

The 34-year-old Pham spent last season with Cincinnati and Boston, batting .236 overall with 17 home runs, 63 RBI and a .686 OPS. He scored 89 runs in 144 games.

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