Chris Young OF/DH BOS 1 week ago

Young went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in Saturday's 8-3 loss to the Astros.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Young was pressed into duty against a right-handed starter when Brock Holt was moved to shortstop for the injured Xander Bogaerts (wrist) and continued what has been a woeful start to the season. He's just 3-for-21 with 10 strikeouts (1-for-12 with eight strikeouts against right-handers). Things got so bad for Young that in the eighth inning, he was replaced by pinch-hitter and fellow right-handed batter Josh Rutledge against Houston righty Ken Giles.

Chris Young OF/DH BOS 1 week ago

Young is batting seventh in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Astros, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Young will get his first start in four days on Saturday and he'll be taking over in left field with Brock Holt moving to shortstop in place of the injured Xander Bogaerts (wrist). Despite getting semi-regular playing time this season, Young has struggled to find a rhythm at the plate to this point, slashing .167/.250/.278 with eight strikeouts.

Chris Young OF/DH BOS 2 weeks ago

Young is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Rays.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Young made three starts in a row, going 1-for-9 over that span, before finally making way for Brock Holt again in left field on Wednesday. Young was excellent against lefties last season, hitting for a .327/.397/.575 slash line against them, but has struggled to find his form this season. He's just 2-for-17 at the plate (both hits were doubles) while striking out eight times.

Chris Young OF/DH BOS 2 weeks ago

Young started in place of Brock Holt (rest) in left field Sunday, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in a 5-3 loss to Toronto. He's 1-for-12 (.083) with seven strikeouts in six games.

Competitive Edge Analysis

For the second time this season, manager John Farrell was called on to answer a managerial decision involving Young. In the ninth inning, as Boston rallied for two runs against Toronto's right-handed closer Roberto Osuna, Young's spot in the order came up. Instead of using Holt as a pinch hitter, Farrell, citing a need to get Young at-bats, stayed with Young, who struck out looking for the third time. Young, signed as a free agent to crush left-handed pitchers, has not received many opportunities in April as Boston hasn't faced a lefty starter yet. That changes Monday and Tuesday, but manager John Farrell put him in the starting lineup against right-hander Sunday in order to give him a three-game stint to get his bat going.

Chris Young OF/DH BOS 2 weeks ago

Young is expected to start in place of Brock Holt in left field Monday when the Blue Jays send left-hander J.A. Happ to the hill, the Boston Globe reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Young was signed for his ability to hit lefties, but Red Sox are just one of three teams that have yet to face a left-handed starter. As such, Young has been rotting on the bench, limited to eight at-bats in five appearances. If you're thinking about deploying Young on Monday, here's a reminder that Boston is playing their traditional Patriots Day game, which kicks off at 11:05 AM.

Chris Young OF/DH BOS 3 weeks ago

Young made his first start of the season Sunday, going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in a loss to the Blue Jays.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Brock Holt was unavailable due to a foot injury, suffered when he fouled a ball off it Saturday. He's expected to be back in the lineup for Monday's home opener against Baltimore, so Young's start in left field looks like a one-game thing. Young, who was signed in the offseason primarily for his ability to hit left-handed pitchers, was the surprising choice against the right-handed Marco Estrada, particularly after Rusney Castillo had a two-hit game Saturday. Manager John Farrell is trying to get all his players at-bats and left field figures to be a spot where Holt, Young and Castillo slice up the starts.

Chris Young OF/DH BOS 1 month ago

Young appears to be part of a three-man platoon in left field, WEEI.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Lost in the news that Rusney Castillo lost the starting left-field job to Brock Holt, is the role Young might play going forward. Manager John Farrell hasn't divulged much beyond Holt getting starts against right-handers. Young was signed to be the main backup in the outfield, playing when Boston faced a left-hander, against whom Young slashed .327/.397/.575 last season. But that's when Holt was still considered an infield utility guy. Now that Young and Castillo are on the bench, it's a unclear how it will shake out. We suspect Young will still see action against left-handers, but Farrell is still figuring out the mix. Castillo can play all three spots, so he can move around a bit and still has minor league options left. It's best to hold back and see how it all transpires before making any rash decisions.

Chris Young OF/DH BOS 2 months ago

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Young will be in the lineup whenever the team faces a left-handed starter, CSN New England reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

This shouldn't come as too much of a surprise, given that Young signed a two-year, $13 million contract in December, even though he's never had much success versus right-handed pitching and is no longer highly regarded as a defender or base-stealer. He does, however, own an .837 career OPS against left-handed pitchers, highlighted by a .972 mark last season. Jackie Bradley owns a respectable .693 OPS in his 260 career plate appearances versus southpaws, but as the only left-handed batter among Boston's starting outfielders, he's the obvious candidate to lose at-bats to Young.

Chris Young OF/DH BOS 5 months ago

Following up on a report from Monday, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports Young signed a two-year, $13 million contract with the Red Sox.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Red Sox have yet to make an official announcement regarding the signing, but it seems as if the two sides have come together for a deal. The 32-year-old outfielder will likely serve as a platoon option against left-handers considering Rusney Castillo, Jackie Bradley and Mookie Betts all figure to occupy outfield roles with the club for now.

Chris Young OF/DH BOS 5 months ago

Young agreed to a multi-year contract with the Red Sox on Monday, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The exact terms of the deal are still unclear at this point, and the agreement is still pending a physical, but Young appears headed for his fifth different team in five years. He had success serving mostly as a platoon option with the Yankees last season, slashing .327/.397/.575 against southpaws, and appears headed for a similar role with Rusney Castillo, Jackie Bradley, and Mookie Betts all appearing to occupy roles in the Boston outfield as of now.