Indians Interested In Kevin Youkilis

The Indians are "believed" to be interested in Kevin Youkilis, reports Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.  Tribe GM Chris Antonetti didn't directly confirm his club's interest in Youkilis when asked about the free agent, though he noted that the Indians are looking at players who fit Youkilis' mold.

"There aren't many of those kind of guys that we haven't talked to," said Antonetti. "We need help in the outfield, first base and DH. Does he play one or more than one of those positions? The DH opens up a lot of guys, too."

Youkilis turns 34 in March and the Pro Star Management client is coming off the most tumultuous season of his nine-year career.  Youkilis battled injuries, posted a career-low .235/.336/.409 slash line, publicly feuded with Boston manager Bobby Valentine and was traded from the Red Sox to the White Sox in June.  Despite this recent history, Youkilis would be a good fit for the Indians, who are in need of both right-handed hitting and help at first base and designated hitter.  Youkilis would also be reunited with new Cleveland manager Terry Francona, who managed Youkilis for his first eight years in Boston.  

The White Sox bought out Youkilis for $1MM rather than pick up his $13MM option for 2013.  MLBTR's Tim Dierkes ranked Youkilis as the 27th-best available free agent this winter, arguing that Youkilis could find a multiyear contract given the "terrible" third base market.  The Indians have third base earmarked for Lonnie Chisenhall and keeping Youkilis in a 1B/DH role would likely keep him healthier over the long run.

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12 Comments on "Indians Interested In Kevin Youkilis"

2 years 9 months ago

Not a Phillies fan, but would like to see Youk with the Phills. I think they can use his skillset, serve as a team leader, and get a chance to play before his playing days are over.

2 years 9 months ago

I’m sure Tito is pushing hard for him.

2 years 9 months ago

I called this the day we hired Francona.

2 years 9 months ago

Me too. I need one right in the Prediction Contest.

Timothy Tappin
2 years 9 months ago

Indians want to trade their best players and sign washed up players. KC, PIT and CLE are a waste of time. No wonder Chris Perez lashed out at ownership.

2 years 9 months ago

Oakland traded some of their best players last year and signed guys like Crisp and Ramirez….I feel like their season turned out ok though…

I don’t think the Indians “want” to trade their best players. I think they realize they may need to in order to improve the club. Getting a vet like Youk (who probably signs elsewhere) would give them a nice RH bat though. Get some young guys in there and never know what could happen in the weak AL Central.

2 years 9 months ago

Nooo he’s ours D:

2 years 9 months ago

I fully support this as a Tigers fan.

Dan Gorgone
2 years 9 months ago

I knew he’d eventually end up in Ohio. Just figured it would be Cincinnati.

2 years 9 months ago

I imagine Youkilis just like every other free agent signs nothing before checking in this off season with the Dodgers. That made-of-money motorcyclist on the GEICO tv ads has a day job with the Dodgers.

2 years 9 months ago

The Indians would be a good fit for Youkilis. He would give them a degree of flexibility they have lacked previously.

2 years 9 months ago

Terry Francona will definitely love to have Youkilis on his team and the Indians are in dire need for a right handed bat.