The Red Sox have agreed to a two-year, $13 million deal with free-agent outfielder Chris Young, according to reports from Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com and CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman. The deal will pay Young $6.5 million in each of the next two seasons.
Young, 32, drew interest from many teams this winter, but Boston has been considered one of the strong favorites from the start. The Red Sox are an interesting fit for Young considering that the team has Rusney Castillo, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mookie Betts seemingly locked into outfield spots, so a trade could be in the works.
Young spent his 2015 season with the Yankees, hitting .252/.320/.453 with 14 home runs in 140 games while seeing time at all three outfield positions. New York acquired Aaron Hicks from the Twins earlier this month, ruling out a potential reunion with Young.
In parts of ten major-league seasons with the Diamondbacks (2006-12), Athletics (2013), Mets (2014) and Yankees (2014-15), Young is a lifetime .235/.314/.429 hitter who was named an All-Star in 2010. The right-handed hitter can provide some pop for Red Sox in righty-friendly Fenway Park, and will likely see significant playing time.