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Free agent Chris Young was targeted by the Phillies, but signed a deal with the Red Sox instead.

The Phillies were looking for a veteran outfielder and Chris Young would have seemed a decent fit. The team pursued him, but in the end, came up short in their bid to sign the 32-year old free agent.

For some reason, the Phillies continue to search a lot of avenues to fill the hole lefty by outfielder Jeff Francoeur becoming a free agent. The only avenue they haven't explored yet is actually re-signing Francoeur, who continues to wait. After adding Peter Bourjos, the Phillies continued to look for another outfield veteran and considered Chris Young, who spent last season and part of the 2014 season with the New York Yankees. Young has also played in the majors for the Mets, Athletics and Diamondbacks.

Young signed a two-year, $13-million deal with the Red Sox today, after rebuffing both the Phillies and Baltimore Orioles, according to a report from ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.

Young, who has played in ten major league seasons, is a career .235 hitter, who holds a career .314 on-base percentage and 169 home runs in 1243 major league games. The right-handed hitting Young played in 140 games with the Yankees last season and would have likely played in that many with Philadelphia, although they likely would have preferred a one-year deal with the veteran.

Meanwhile, multiple teams, including the Brewers, Pirates and Rangers have expressed interest in signing Francoeur, 31, who played in 119 games with the Phillies last season, hitting .258 with 13 home runs in 326 at-bats. Phillies GM Matt Klentak hasn't ruled out re-signing Francoeur, but with a number of outfield candidates already on the roster, there may need to be some manuevering done to fit him back on the club.


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