Alex Verdugo, who recently joined the New York Yankees as an outfielder, has quickly gained the admiration of Bronx fans. Verdugo was traded by the Yankees to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for right-handers Richard Fitts, Greg Weissert, and Nicholas Judice. The 27-year-old is getting close to the end of his contract and will soon be free to sign with anyone.
“Talkin’ Yanks” posted a picture of a neatly shaven Verdugo, which at first made supporters wonder if they could even identify him. Many of his admirers reacted to his new look by comparing the outfielder to singer Justin Bieber on social media, especially X (previously Twitter).
One fan shared; “Dude went from Paul Wall to Justin Bieber,” an article from sportskeeda.com mentioned.
Baseball career of Alex Verdugo
Alex Verdugo was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second round of the 2014 Major League Baseball draft, which prevented him from attending Arizona State University to play collegiate baseball. He quickly rose to the major leagues, making his debut on September 1, 2017, against the San Diego Padres, however he was hitless in three at-bats in that first game.
Even though Verdugo showed promise, his tenure with the Dodgers was tainted by recurring health problems, which finally resulted in his involvement in a big deal. In addition to cash considerations, the Dodgers moved him, Jeter Downs, and Connor Wong to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for star players David Price and Mookie Betts. This move demonstrated Verdugo’s potential as well as the Dodgers’ astute pursuit of elite talent.
With this transaction, Verdugo’s career took a significant shift as he went from the Dodgers to the Red Sox. His Major League career was marked by a combination of early potential and difficulties, most notably dealing with injuries while he was in Los Angeles. However, the Dodgers’ smart acquisition of Betts and Price, which included him in the trade, highlighted his value and served as a symbol of the shifting dynamics and deliberate choices that characterize the high-stakes environment of professional baseball.
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