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2021 in Review: Garrett Whitlock exceeded all expectations

Adding Garrett Whitlock was a great move and it came at the expense of the Yankees. What’s not to like?

2021 in Review: Alex Verdugo was equal parts frustrating and clutch

The left fielder continued to make progress at the plate but needs to tighten up his defense and baserunning to become a reliable player on a nightly basis.

2021 in Review: A step back for Christian Vázquez

Coming in with high expectations, Christian Vázquez was the rare disappointment on the 2021 Red Sox.

2021 in Review: Phillips Valdez regresses

He was a solid depth arm, but nothing more.

2021 in Review: Josh Taylor’s emphatic resurgence

Taylor became a weapon in 2021, highlighted by 26 straight scoreless appearances over the summer.

2021 in Review: Kyle Schwarber made Waltham proud

He was a gamechanger in the second half.

2021 in Review: Hirokazu Sawamura’s MLB debut

It wasn’t always great, but there was plenty to like.

2021 in Review: Chris Sale had some issues, but showed promise in return

There is some optimism for the southpaw heading into 2022.

2021 in Review: Eduardo Rodriguez and his very strange season

Was he good or bad? Who’s to say?!

2021 in Review: Hansel Robles was erratic, but mostly effective

It never felt comfortable, but it usually got results.

2021 in Review: Garrett Richards was all over the place

He evolved from an up-and-down starting pitcher to a substanceless reliever who helped keep the team afloat during a chaotic stretch run.

2021 in Review: Hunter Renfroe brought the power

Hunter Renfroe mashed dingers and threw runners out all season. What more could you ask for?

2021 in Review: Kevin Plawecki played his role

And also started the post-homer celebration.

2021 in Review: Nick Pivetta exceeded expectations

He wasn’t great my any stretch, but he was serviceable.

2021 in Review: Martín Pérez had his moments, but eventually faded

#PérezDay became less of a celebration as the year went along.

2021 in Review: Adam Ottavino was steady, if unspectacular

A fine, nondescript season out of the bullpen.

2021 in Review: J.D. Martinez bounces back

Most of the way, that is.

2021 in Review: Tanner Houck can do it all

The righty took more steps forward in 2021.

2021 in Review: Enrique Hernández was the straw that stirred the drink

And the super utility man stabilized a key position.

2021 in Review: Marwin Gonzalez just didn’t work out

Sometimes, things just go sideways.

2021 in Review: Nathan Eovaldi should have been a Cy Young finalist

Nathan Eovaldi was the unquestioned ace of the Red Sox’s staff in 2021 and among the best starters in baseball overall.

2021 in Review: Jarren Duran’s rough first taste of the bigs

He arguably was not given enough time to make the proper adjustments.

2021 in Review: Rafael Devers is knocking on the door of greatness.

Rafael Devers: 2022 MVP? Maybe, just maybe.

2021 in Review: Austin Davis was, at times, a serviceable middle reliever

Davis did not come in blazing in 2021 but has plenty of time to right the ship.

2021 in Review: Bobby Dalbec’s Streaky Rookie Campaign

The first baseman struggled early before surging in the second half.

2021 in Review: Darwinzon Hernandez is still searching for control

Can Hernandez take the next step and truly become a valuable reliever?

2021 in Review: Franchy Cordero’s no good, very bad time in the majors

And less bad in the minors, to be fair.

2021 in Review: Xander Bogaerts shines again

Xander Bogaerts was the same All-Star caliber shortstop he’s been every year. Consistency like that is nice to have.

2021 in Review: Matt Barnes

It was a tale of two halves for the All-Star reliever.

2021 in Review: Christian Arroyo

Arroyo’s first full season with the Red Sox was solid, but it was also riddled with injuries

2020 in Review: Ryan Weber

We close things out with a man who just lost his spot on the roster.

2020 in Review: Marcus Walden

It was a brutal year for the righty.

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