Murky future for backup outfielder Chris Young

Outfielder Chris Young wishes to stay with the Boston Red Sox, a noble choice that may fall victim to fiscal concerns. Does he have a future here?

When their playing days are starting to hit the twilight years players have a natural desire to remain as long as possible. Who can blame them? The accumulation of pension credits, luxurious travel accommodations and oh, that money!

As the player ages and skills diminish the role dramatically changes as a one-time All-Star can be relegated to being a bench or part-time player. This is often a natural progression and no professional shame should accompany it. Boston Red Sox outfielder Chris Young now is just such a player.

Young recently spoke out regarding his future with the Red Sox. He’s now entering the last few weeks of a two-year contract that paid him $13 million. Young’s total career compensation is near $50 million so one can understand his self-promotion to stay with Boston.

“It’s been a good relationship but I’m not sure about their plans,” Young told the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo.

The second part of Young’s career is as a part-time player. Young’s skills may not be on the level of his salad days with Arizona, but he does fill a need – especially when outfield help is needed. In 2016 the right-handed hitting Young hit .276 with nine home runs and 24 RBI despite missing time with injuries.

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This season, Young’s average is down, but his power numbers just about duplicate 2016 with another month to go. Defensively, Young generally is consigned to the corner positions but is capable of center field duty if necessary. What Young does provide is a solid number four outfielder and a decent bat off the bench.

Despite Young’s desire to remain in Boston he most certainly will be gone. The Red Sox will look elsewhere, which usually means cheaper. The cheaper option exists with Bryce Brentz, who was once believed to be the next solid right-hand power hitter for Boston. That…

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