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Clean-shaven Alex Verdugo seen in Yankees gear for first time

Alex Verdugo looks like a Yankee.

The former Red Sox outfielder, acquired by the Yankees in a December trade, showed up at the club’s spring training facility in Tampa on Tuesday, clean-shaven and wearing Yankees gear.

It was the first time he was photographed in the attire of his new team, which he considered his biggest rival for the past four years before the trade.

The 27-year-old was known for sporting a beard during his time in Boston, but now he must abide by the Yankees’ beard policy, which prohibits anything other than a trimmed mustache.

Verdugo was captured taking a few swings on the field, wearing a navy Yankees cap, team hoodie, and shorts.

In another photo, Verdugo was standing on the side of the field between Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo and shortstop Anthony Volpe.

Alex Verdugo trains in the batting cage during Yankees spring training on February 13, 2024. Charles Wenzelberg/NY Post
Alex Verdugo, Anthony Volpe and Anthony Rizzo at Yankees spring training on February 13, 2024. Charles Wenzelberg/NY Post

The three of them seemed to be staring in the same direction at something far away.

The Yankees acquired Verdugo in a trade that sent relief pitcher Greg Weissert and minor league pitchers Richard Fitts and Nicholas Giudice to Boston.

This trade was quite a surprise to Verdugo, not necessarily that he was traded, but the fact that he was traded to the Yankees.

The deal surprised Bardugo. Not because he was traded, but because he was sent to the Yankees.

The corner outfielder admitted to reporters after the trade that he was “angry” at first, but quickly changed his tune.

“After a day or so of just sitting around, I started thinking and remembering. [about] How have the Red Sox been this year and what has happened since then? [Aaron] judge, [Giancarlo] gerrit stanton [Cole] and [Anthony] “I was so excited that Rizzo reached out and welcomed me to the team,” Verdugo said in December.

Alex Verdugo takes a swing during Yankees spring training on February 13, 2024. Charles Wenzelberg/NY Post
Alex Verdugo kisses his bat during Yankees spring training on February 13, 2024. Charles Wenzelberg/NY Post
Alex Verdugo laughs with Anthony Volpe during Yankees spring training on February 13, 2024. Charles Wenzelberg/NY Post

Verdugo will likely come to the Bronx with something to prove after his reception in Boston seemed to wear out.

There were some questions about his hustle last season, and he was reportedly benched twice by Red Sox manager Alex Cora — first for the hustle. The other reason was because he was late for a game in August.

Verdugo completes the Yankees’ star-studded outfield, which also includes trade acquisitions Juan Soto and captain Aaron Judge.

A bearded Alex Verdugo will play for the Red Sox in 2023. AP

He gives the Yankees an upgrade in left field over last season, when Aaron Hicks came in at the spot, and also gives them another left-handed hitter in the lineup.

In four seasons with the Red Sox, Verdugo hit .281/.338/.424 with 43 home runs.

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