Ever since Will Middlebrooks arrived on the scene Kevin Youkilis' future in Boston has been up in the air.
With the Arizona Diamondbacks in the market for a third baseman, the team has reportedly kicked the tires of the 33-year-old veteran.
Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reported that after taking a few looks at Youkilis, D-Backs GM Kevin Towers is hesitant to pull the trigger on a deal. The Red Sox's asking price is reportedly very high at the moment for their veteran third baseman.
Theyre trying to make it look like hes the Youkilis of five years ago instead of the Youkilis of today, one source said. Boston has asked for gold glove outfielder Gerardo Parra to be included in any package. The Diamondbacks are not currently interested in parting with the 25-year-old outfielder.
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.
Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with the team, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported.
Bradley, who turns 27 April 19, had his best season in 2016, hitting .267 with 26 homers and a league-best 29-game hitting streak. He also won his first Gold Glove. A Scott Boras client, Bradley isn’t eligible for free agency until 2020.
Friday at 1 p.m. was the deadline to reach deals to avoid arbitration.
Other arbitration-eligible Red Sox are infielders Xander Bogaerts and Brock Holt, left-handers Drew Pomeranz and Fernando Abad, right-handers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross and Tyler Thornburg and catcher Sandy Leon.