Alex Verdugo May 1, 2023; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox right fielder Alex Verdugo (99) is doused with water after hitting a walk off home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the ninth inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox have perhaps the most notable rivalry in all of sports. However, the two teams came together for a huge trade involving star outfielder Alex Verdugo on Tuesday.

Verdugo was most notably the big piece that the Red Sox got back in the Mookie Betts trade back in 2020. Since then, he has been a very productive player for the Red Sox.

He will now be taking his talents to New York after the Red Sox decided to move him on Tuesday. The Red Sox will be receiving  Richard Fitts, Greg Weissert, and Nicholas Judice back from the Yankees.

Fitts is notably the No. 12 prospect in the Yankees farm system, while Judice is an eighth-round pick in the recent 2023 MLB Draft.

Verdugo is among the best players in all of baseball at one particular skill, hitting for a high average and getting on base. The Yankees ranked in the bottom-five in all of baseball in both of those catagories, so this trade certainly fills a pretty big need.

Fans took to social media to offer their opinions on the move.

The trade it a pretty shocking on for a number of reasons. Firstly, it is just the seventh trade in the last half-centure between the two bitter AL East rivals.

Secondly, it’s surprising to see the Yankees trade for Verdugo in particular because most fans assumed that they would be going after another left-handed hitting outfielder.

San Diego Padres star Juan Soto has been tied in trade talks with the Yankees over the past few months.

However, according to multiple reports, this trade likely won’t take the Yankees out of the running for Soto.

If the Yankees are able to acquire both Soto and Verdugo this offseason, it would completely transform the Yankees offense, which appears to be a much-needed task for their team going into the 2024.

At the very least, it is a pretty great start to the Yankees offseason.

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About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.