New York Yankees’ Chris Young reacts after grounding into a double play during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, at Yankee Stadium in New York.
By Ryan Hatch
The details of the contract were not immediately clear but are reported to be finalized later this week.
Young, a righty, hit .252/.320/.453 with 14 home runs as a backup in 2015, most often inserted into the lineup against left-handed pitchers; his splits vs. lefties were solid all year—.317 batting average with 24 RBI in 153 at-bats. In Boston, Young will have the benefit of smacking balls off Fenway Park’s Green Monster, a big wall in left field.
It’s not shocking the Yankees didn’t bring back Young, especially after they traded for Aaron Hicks from the Minnesota Twins three weeks ago to fill Young’s role.
Young, 32, has played with four organizations since he debuted in 2006 with the Arizona Diamondbacks, socking 169 home runs (32 in 2007 and was fourth in Rookie of the Year) with an on-base percentage of .314.
Young came to the Yankees in 2014 when he was cut by the Mets after hitting just .205 with eight home runs in 254 at-bats. Young also spent time with the Oakland A’s in 2013.