Chris Young at an early stage in his career was an All-Star who could play all three outfield positions. Now declining defensive skills limit his use considerably as Young’s -12.9 UZR/150 and -4 Defensive Runs Saved may indicate. A right-handed hitter with noted success against lefties evaporated in 2017 with just a .200 average. Young hit .235 for the season with a -0.2 fWAR.
The Red Sox could go internal on this replacement part. Bryce Brentz had a successful season at Pawtucket leading the International League in home runs with 31. The right-handed Brentz certainly has the power potential, but is now off the roster. The cost would be minimal and Brentz is an above-average defensive player.
The downside to Rusney Castillo is his contract. Can and would the Red Sox be willing to add Castillo’s $11.7 Million to their payroll? Castillo slashed .314/.350/.857 with 15 home runs and 43 RBI in 87 games at Pawtucket, so he may have finally resuscitated his career. Castillo is also capable at all three outfield positions and did swipe 14 bases in 16 attempts. If not for his burdensome contract Castillo would be high on the list.
Curtis Granderson can still hit with power as shown by 26 home runs in split duty between the Mets and Dodgers. But Granderson also hit just .212. What Granderson does give is a solid left-handed bat, exceptional leadership and average defense. The contract issue may also be one that is difficult since Granderson will be coming off a $15 million contract.
Rajai Davis has speed and that always is an asset. Davis can also play all three outfield positions, but he has limited punch with five home runs in 366 plate appearances. Nothing special as a defender. 0.1 fWAR.
Is it time for a reunion with Daniel Nava? Nava hit .301 in 80 games for the Phillies and can switch hit, play first base and will be cheap. Nava’s payroll figure for 2017 was $1.35 Million so that would be quite manageable. Nava played right and left field for the Phillies and his metrics figures were a combined 2.8 UZR/150. Don’t expect much arm strength from Nava. Surprising 1.1 fWAR.