Youkilis’ agent confirms no talks with Yankees about possible return

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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.

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  • I’m a looser baby so why don’t you kill me?

    Thank god for the little things.

    • YouAreALoser

      Sorry, but can’t respect a word out of someone’s mouth who spells loser as “looser”.

      Frigging idiot

  • Adam

    Never should have signed him in the first place. I wouldn’t sign him to a ML deal.

    Now let Robinson Tilapia tell me what an idiot I am.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I appreciate the fanmail. Who are you, generic random first-name commenter?

      • MannyGeee

        Damn it… we should coordinate these responses.

    • MannyGeee

      I know Robinson Tilapia. I believe his answer will be to agree with you in that that the Yankees should in no way be tied to Youkilis going forward… but that you in fact are an idiot.

      And I won’t disagree, since you called him out.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        But you don’t know Avi Abelino.

        I thought they should have signed Youk. I was wrong. I’ll be wrong again at some point regarding the Yankees. Moving forward, he’s MiLB deal fodder to me.

        Adam/Steve/Philip/Geronimo/Osvaldo is, in fact, an idiot with a closeted mancrush on regular commenters.

        • Steve

          Don’t bring me into this. I’ve only ever been Steve. I happen to disagree with you a lot but I’ve never changed my name to do it. I read this site maybe once a week.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Steve, you rat bastard. It was you all along. Everyone knows it.


    • Mark Teixiera – Ghostbuster (formerly Drew)

      Maybe he is idontlikemattwarden?

  • lee

    Youkilis would also serve as a continual reminder of just how far behind the Red Sox the Yankees are. and we certainly don’t want Yankee management having to deal with that on a daily basis.

  • Nate

    Would love to see Reynolds back as a bench player.

    • Mikhel

      And Yanks will sign… Harold Reynolds.

  • David McCann

    At the right price and after a review of his medical records I would consider him.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    “Youk tried to start the conversation with the Yanks, but his back gave out.”

    There is the smallest of considerations I’d give to him, and very little of them involve a guaranteed MLB deal

    • SDB

      Would you consider something such as a 1-2 million base contract and incentives based on DL avoidance/games played in (or on the active 25 man roster)?

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Leaning no. I’d think about it. May think about it even more if it’s January and nothing else is panning out.

      • Wolfgang’s Fault

        Depends on how the rest of the off-season goes & where they’re at w/Robbie, ARod, etc. By that time, “Youk” may have signed elsewhere. If he’s free & clear come pitchers & catchers & there’s a need (can’t stress that too strongly), don’t see the problem of inviting him to camp & seeing if he’s healthy again, what he’s got left, if he can help, etc.

        My preferences are w/a complete rebuild & cutting payroll in 2014, stockpiling draft choices if possible, acquiring prospects for veterans w/a goal of a young, talented, & championship competitive club by 2016 & beyond. Veterans such as Youk who can hold down the fort in 2014-15, reestablish they’re value, & then get dealt for younger upside players at a later date should always be considered under that scenario, but only if they’re actually healthy & capable of playing again, the price is right, & they provide something they don’t already have in the system.

  • Dars

    This is my offseason plan:
    3B should be manned by a trio of players – Eric Chavez, Mark Reynolds and Eduardo Nunez. Nunez also should be the utility for SS and 2B. Amongst the 3 they would not cost the Yankees more than $9M dollars.
    I would love to see the Yankees sign Beltran and McAnn and sign Brendan Ryan for SS. One of two between Wells and Ichiro should be traded even if we pick part of their salary. Sign Tanaka and spend on one or two reclamation projects for the rotation – Josh Johnson, Dan Haren. Sign Grant Balfour for bullpen insurance. This team puts us in contention right away. With enough power we can carry Ryan as the starting SS.

    Gardner CF
    Jeter DH
    Cano 2B
    Tex 1B
    Soriano LF
    McAnn C
    Beltran RF
    Chavez/Reynolds 3B
    Ryan SS

    Bench: Romine C, Chavez/Reynolds 3b/1B, Wells OF, Nunez IF

    SP: Sabathia, Nova, Tanaka, Pineda, Johnson

    BP: Phelps, Warren, Balfour, Cabral, Betances, Kelly and Robertson

    • Mark Teixiera – Ghostbuster (formerly Drew)

      Not sure if serious…

    • mitch

      Not a fan of a 3B platoon next year. There are enough question marks already with Arod, Jeter and even Tex. They can’t afford to use two roster spots on one position. After starting pitching and catcher, I think finding an everyday 3B should be the number one priority.

    • Mark Teixiera – Ghostbuster (formerly Drew)

      So you have 2 guys in the back end of the rotation that has thrown a combined 81 IP last year and a completely unknown to go along with CC and Nova. That’s a worse rotation than they had this year.

      Trade Ichiro? For what? A hotdog stand? A month subscription to GQ? Nobody wants anything to do with a washed up 40 year old Ichiro.

      • Pee Wee Herman Ruth

        Yeah… so what if they haven’t thrown more than a combined 81 IP last year…they look good on paper!

    • Robinson Tilapia

      That rotation has nightmare potential.

      • SDB

        Rotation? I thought they’d combine at 3B to make a fielding trio to go with Yakety Sax playing in the background. Reynolds could miss the ball entirely, Chavez could tweak an oblique or hurt his back chasing it, and Nunez could airmail the throw into the dugout.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I fucking love Eric Chavez. Not gon lie.

    • MannyGeee

      This is an Eddardian post if I’ve ever read one

    • Mikhel

      What? No trade to acquire Hanley Ramírez, Puig and Mike Trout?


  • Fernando

    No, No, No…..a thousand times NO interest in signing him. The team doesn’t need him unless they are trying to fill their open DL slots for next season.

  • KD

    So long, Youk. And take that damn banner with you. you know, the one on the outside of the Stadium near Gate 8.

  • W.B. Mason Williams

    “Youkilis’ contract demands include pay incentives for remaining clean-shaven, retention of his same spot on the bench which he has now worked a groove into, and unlimited hot cocoa and heating pads.”

  • AllyinCt

    I would only sign Youkilis for the minimum and then trade him to a Japanese team. Not a fan of his….grrr.

  • Roadgeek Adam

    I’m in the minimum, but I want Youk in 2014 on an incentive-laden contract with the ability to be DFA’d.

  • Bob Buttons

    The gut in me tells me HELL NO because it’s a waste of time.
    The brain in me says why the hell not if its NRI, but I doubt he’d accept an NRI with NY.

  • BigHeadKay

    I think some of you girls need to save the bickering for the high school drama club and leave this site for people who actually want to comment on MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL.

  • BigHeadKay

    If the Yanks can keep Reynolds, I think he is perfect for 3rd base this year. No need to trade for anyone else, or sign Youkilis who ended up being a bad signing anyway. We paid for his back surgery….now he’ll probably do well for a NON-YANKEE team.