When Kevin Youkilis was mulling whether or not to sign with the Yankees as a free agent, he decided -- like many others -- decided to ask advice from his brother-in-law.
Only his brother-in-law is Tom Brady.
"I . . . asked a question about coming to New York: 'Could you ever be a Jet or a Giant?' " Youkilis told the YES Network. And hes like, 'I dont know. Luckily Im not in your shoes.' And Im like, 'Thanks a lot for your advice, buddy!' "
Youkilis, the newest Yankee, is married to Brady's sister Julie, whom he met in Boston while playing for the Red Sox.
"He's great," Youkilis said of Tom Brady. "It's pretty fun . . .
We always joke about that: the brother you always wanted, and Im like, 'I dont know if you wanted me as a brother, but you didnt have a choice in this matter now.'
Forget that cryptic Tweet to the Globe. David Ortiz isn't walking through that door, fans. At least not as a player.
"My playing time has already expired," Ortiz told ESPN Deportes. "Baseball is not something that you wake up today and you say, 'I'll play tomorrow.' Baseball is something that carries a lot of sacrifice, a lot of preparation, and there is a reason why we train the entire year to play it, practice every day, especially during the season, because it is a sport of consistency."
No one really thought he was contemplating a comeback, but last week he Tweeted this . . .
. . . and that raised hopes that he'd changed his mind.
Facing a 1 p.m. Friday deadline to avoid arbitration, the Red Sox reportedly agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with center field Jackie Bradley Jr., and also avoided hearings with six other players.
Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, utilityman Brock Holt, pitchers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross Jr., Tyler Thornburgh and catcher Sandy Leon also agreed to one-year deals.
Terms of the deals were not announced.
It leaves left-handers Fernando Abad and Drew Pomeranz as the only arbitration-eligible Red Sox without a deal.