2016 Outlook: Young will go into camp locked into the short side of an outfield platoon with Jackie Bradley, as his lone carrying skill at this point is his ability to crush left-handed pitching. He has an .837 career OPS against southpaws and posted a .972 mark against lefties last year. Now, entering his age-32 season, his defense is in decline and he is coming off a year where he got on base at a .246 clip against righties, so he is truly a one-trick pony. This means he has relatively no value in standard season-long leagues, but he could be streamed in leagues that allow daily roster moves and a hefty amount of in-season pickups. Young will also be a trendy play in daily leagues when the Red Sox face a southpaw.
2016 Outlook: Elias lost the battle for a big league roster spot out of spring training last season, instead beginning the year struggling as a starter with Triple-A Tacoma. Injuries eventually opened up a space in the big league rotation, where he had a mostly mediocre 2015 campaign, working to a 4.14 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in 22 appearances (20 starts). As part of the return package that brought Wade Miley to Seattle, Elias was dealt to Boston, where he'll be tasked with making the transition from one of the more pitcher-friendly parks to a relatively hitter-friendly one. The lefty should get the chance to compete for a spot at the back-end of the rotation out of spring training, but it's also possible the club deploys him as another left-handed relief option.
2016 Outlook: Hanigan had a solid first season with the Red Sox in 2015, hitting .247/.337/.328, his highest marks across the board since 2012. The 34-year-old will head into 2016 as the most experienced backstop for Boston and could continue to see playing time while Blake Swihart and Christian Vazquez, who are both under the age of 25, develop their games. Hanigan could also see more starts as the backup early in the season should Boston indeed start Vazquez in Triple-A while he recovers from Tommy John surgery. The Red Sox are unlikely to roster three catchers, and it is likely that they deploy the Swihart-Vazquez combination once Vazquez is ready to go, meaning Hanigan will be the odd man out eventually.
2016 Outlook: Holaday had a strange 2015 season in the sense that his Triple-A numbers (.224/.282/.311) were much worse than his major league numbers (.281/.292/.453). He was called up in early May to fill in for the injured Alex Avila, and hit .271 with one home run and 12 RBI in 16 games over the course of two months. The 28-year-old was sent back to Triple-A once Avila returned from injury, but was later recalled for September and improved even more, hitting .313/.353/.625 in eight games. He will enter this season with a chance to prove that 2015 wasn't a fluke and will compete with Jarrod Saltalamacchia for the backup catching job. This situation is worth monitoring throughout spring training, but as long as James McCann stays healthy, it is unlikely Holaday produces fantasy-worthy statistics in 2016.