Report: Youkilis, Yankees agree on 1-year, 12 million deal


Report: Youkilis, Yankees agree on 1-year, 12 million deal

Kevin Youkilis certainly didn't receive any boos from the Fenway Faithful when he arrived back in town with the Chicago White Sox last season.

But he might not get the same reception next time.

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports that Youkilis and the New York Yankees have agreed to a one-year, 12 million dollar deal, "almost certainly pending physical".

The Yankees are without 3B Alex Rodriguez for perhaps the first half of the season, so Youkilis would most likely slide in at that spot.

Youkilis had a fall out with the Red Sox last season, reportedly at odds with then Sox manager Bobby Valentine, who questioned his desire to play at the start of the season.

The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox in late June for utility player Brent Lillibridge and RHP Zach Stewart, neither of whom are on the team anymore.

In nine seasons with the Red Sox, Youkilis played in 953 games, hitting .287 with 133 home runs and 564 at-bats. He won two World Series with the Red Sox, and was a major part of their 2007 World Series. Youkilis is a three-time All-Star (2008, 2009, 2011) and a Gold Glove winner (2007).

Felger: Crazy can be good, but Sale needs to harness it

Felger: Crazy can be good, but Sale needs to harness it

Chris Sale brings with him to Boston some attitude. He also brings a measure of defiance and, perhaps, a little bit of crazy.

All of which the Red Sox starting staff just may need. And if Sale pitches as he has for much of the past five years, he'll probably be celebrated for it.

I still wonder how it will all play here, especially if he underachieves.

What would we do to him locally if he refused to pitch because he didn't like a certain kind of uniform variation the team was going with? What would we say if he not only refused to pitch, but took a knife to his teammates' uniforms and the team had to scrap the promotion? Sale did exactly that in Chicago last year, after which he threw his manager under the bus for not standing by his players and attacked the team for putting business ahead of winning.

All because he didn't want to wear an untucked jersey?

"(The White Sox throwback uniforms) are uncomfortable and unorthodox,'' said Sale at the time. "I didn't want to go out there and not be at the top of my game in every aspect that I need to be in. Not only that, but I didn't want anything to alter my mechanics. ... There's a lot of different things that went into it.''

Wearing a throwback jersey would alter his mechanics? Was that a joke? It's hard to imagine he would get away with that in Boston.

Ditto for his support of Adam LaRoche and his involvement of that goofy story last March.
LaRoche, you'll remember, retired when the White Sox had the nerve to tell him that his 14-year-old son could not spend as much time around the team as he had grown accustomed to. Sale responded by pitching a fit.

“We got bald-face lied to by someone we’re supposed to be able to trust,'' said Sale of team president Kenny Williams. ``You can’t come tell the players it was the coaches and then tell the coaches it was the players, and then come in and say something completely different. If we’re all here to win a championship, this kind of stuff doesn’t happen.”

On what planet does allowing a 14-year-old kid in a clubhouse have anything to do with winning a title? In what universe does a throwback jersey have anything to do with mechanics? If David Price had said things that stupid last year, he'd still be hearing about it. And it won't be any different for Sale.

Thankfully, Sale's defiance and feistiness extends to the mound. Sale isn't afraid to pitch inside and protect his teammates, leading the American League in hit batsmen each of the last two years. He doesn't back down and loves a fight. And while that makes him sound a little goofy off the field, it should play well on it.

In the meantime, the Sox better hope he likes those red alternate jerseys they wear on Fridays.

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