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).
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BOSTON -- “I didn’t feel that love after I made a pitching change in the sixth inning,” Terry Francona said after a 45-second standing ovation from Boston fans upon receiving the MLB Manager of the Year award from the BBWAA Thursday.
It’s without question the love for Francona runs deep in the city. Why wouldn’t it? He was the leader in breaking the 86-year old curse, and wound up winning another World Series title for Boston three years later.
Actually, he was more of a co-leader, working alongside the same person who won the MLB Executive of the Year honors from the BBWAA for 2016.
Theo Epstein -- who received an ovation 17 seconds shorter than Francona, but who’s counting -- reminisced about the Red Sox ownership group that took a chance on a young kid who wasn’t necessarily the ideal candidate to take over as GM of a team, but now that’s helped him build the Chicago Cubs into a winning franchise and establish a great working environment.
This October marks 13 years since the ’04 championship, 10 years since ’07 and six years since the pair left Boston. Without question they’ve left their mark on the city and forever changed Red Sox baseball.
And while the fans showed their undying gratitude for Francona with an ovation almost as long as his acceptance speech, the Indians manager recognized the favor the current Red Sox brass has done for him.
“I’d like to thank Dave Dombrowski and the Red Sox for getting Chris Sale the hell out of the Central Division,” Francona said.