The Boston Red Sox made a move to increase their outfield depth through free agency. Alongside youngsters such as Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr, rookie Rusney Castillo and experienced utility man Brock Holt will be veteran Chris Young coming over from the rival Yankees.
Young will join the BoSox on a 2-year deal worth $13 million. He’s an average defensive player brought in to potentially be the team’s fourth outfielder. After a disappointing 2014 campaign with the Mets, he found his game after joining the Yankees later on that year earning him a contract for the following season. Young, who came up as a centerfielder, will see the majority, if not all, the time playing the corners as Betts and Bradley will be the ones in center.
Young, who bats on the right side, was brought in to put up good numbers against left handed pitching. Last year he had a .327 average against lefties in 175 plate appearances with seven homeruns. Overall, he posted an average of .252 with 14 homeruns in 356 plate appearances. Expect Young to be in the lineup when the opposition counters with a lefty on the mound.
One thing opposing teams will try to take advantage of is Young’s arm. His arm strength isn’t like Jackie Bradley Jr’s nor does his new team expect it to be. His arm can be compared to former Red Sox and current Yankee centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury which means that it’s not really that good. Despite that, Young has the ability to be a weapon for Boston, an underrated signing that can do some surprise damage to a team if he is taking lightly.
Boston will have to remove someone from the 40-man roster to make room for Young on their roster.