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Three Red Sox players opt for free agency

Gorkys Hernandez lays down a bunt in a September game. –jim davis

Three players who spent time in the majors with the Red Sox this past season but had little impact have all chosen to become free agents rather than accept assignments to Triple A Pawtucket, the team announced Monday.

Outfielder Gorkys Hernandez, infielder Chris Owings, and pitcher Josh Smith were all recently outrighted to Triple A and removed from the Sox’ 40-man roster. However, they decided Monday to test the open market.

Hernandez, 32, was acquired by the Sox in 2018 after electing free agency with the Giants. He’s a solid outfielder but could never get it going with the bat.