Veteran outfielder Chris Young has reached an agreement on a multiyear contract with the Boston Red Sox, according to an ESPN report.
The deal, first reported by FoxSports.com, would give the Red Sox an established backup to young outfielders Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Rusney Castillo. Betts is the only one of the three to put up consistently strong offensive numbers, and Bradley and Castillo could still be used in a trade as new Boston Red Sox President Dave Dombrowski seeks to bring in a quality starting pitcher.
Young, 32, has a .235 career average with 169 home runs in 10 major league seasons spent with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Oakland Athletics, New York Mets and New York Yankees.
The right-handed hitting Young hit 14 home runs last season with the Yankees and had a team-best .972 on base plus slugging percentage against left-handed pitching.
“We love Chris Young,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told the New York Daily News. “He did a great job for us. Once we acquired [Aaron] Hicks, that was it [for trying to re-sign Young].”
Last season, Young played 76 games in right field, 55 in left and 15 in center.
The Red Sox have not confirmed the deal with Young, who still must pass a physical.