Via Anthony McCarron: Kevin Youkilis‘ agent Joe Bick confirmed he has not had any conversations with the Yankees regarding a potential return next season. It’s unclear if the team has any interest. “He’s fine,” said Bick when asked about his client’s back. “Had the Yankees made it to the postseason, there’s a pretty good chance he would’ve been ready to play.
Youkilis, 34, hit a weak .219/.305/.343 (78 wRC+) with two homers in 118 plate appearances this summer. He played only 28 games due to back problems, including season-ending surgery in early-June. The Yankees could actually use a player just like Youkilis, a right-handed hitter with (theoretical) power who can play the two corner infield positions, but I don’t see the point in a reunion. They had a better (and far cheaper) version in Mark Reynolds down the stretch. Given his history of back problems, New York shouldn’t consider bringing Youkilis back in 2014.