The Boston Red Sox add depth to their outfield by signing veteran outfielder Chris Young. As the fourth outfielder, he has value hitting in Boston.
In order to compete with the dominance that is the Toronto Blue Jays, the Boston Red Sox have made a couple of big moves early in the offseason. In early November, the team traded for star closer Craig Kimbrel. Early Monday afternoon, the team added depth to the outfield by signing veteran Chris Young. As the fourth outfielder on a good team, Young could have some value in most leagues.
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Young spent most of his career with the Arizona Diamondbacks. In seven seasons, he hit 132 home runs, 408 RBI and a .239/.318/.473 line. His 2013 season with the Oakland Athletics was hit and miss. He hit 12 home runs, but with a lowly .200 average. It looked to be getting worse as the first half of his 2014 season with the New York Mets was bad. Young hit eight home runs with a .205 average in 88 games.
He was moved across the city and joined the New York Yankees. In 23 games, he hit .282 with three home runs and 10 RBI. The Yankees decided to keep him for the 2015, and it was a good idea on their part. In 356 plate appearances, he hit 14 home runs, 62 RBI and a .252 average as the fourth outfielder on an injury-plagued team.
The Red Sox have three players solidified as the starting outfielders, Mookie Betts, Rusney Castillo and Jackie Bradley Jr.. Bradley is the only left-handed hitter, so Young could slot in when the Red Sox face a left-handed pitcher. Luckily, all three can play center field and Young could play in either corner spot.
Boston is hoping that they can tap into the recent success Chris Young has had in the twilight of his career. With not much changing so far to the landscape of the American League East, Young is very familiar with his future opponents.
Chris Young will have value in deeper leagues. He isn’t draftable in a standard 10-team league. The playing time will be limited, but when he does play, the potential for a big game is high. However, I can’t make a projection based on the playing time he got with the Yankees. I can’t predict injuries, so as of now, he’s a bench player with a good bat.
Projections: 50 hits, 10 home runs, 41 RBI, .240 average
Draft: Round 25