For eight and a half years, Kevin Youkilis called Fenway Park home for his Major League career. A proud member of the Boston Red Sox, Youkilis won the hearts of a nation with his tireless work ethic and intense focus of playing hard on every single play.
Now the proud third baseman is attempting a comeback next year and sadly it won’t be with the Red Sox. While that ship has sailed long ago, Youkilis is hoping to sign on with a team located on the west coast according to Nick Cafardo of the Globe, via Twitter.
Kevin Youkilis starting to draw interest as a “lower-cost” corner infield option.
— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) December 10, 2013
With a market that is starting to take shape for the 34-year old, it’s interesting to learn that Brian Cashman, GM of the New York Yankees has contacted Youkilis but was informed about his desire to play closer to his California home.
Youkilis would make a great low-cost option as a fall back option for a club that needs help at first base, as opposed to third base where he’s not as agile and quick to the ball as he once was.
For his career, Youkilis has a slash line of .281/.382/.478/.861 with his most productive seasons clearly coming with the Red Sox where he won a World Series title in 2004 and 2007.
Injuries have taken their toll on the man known as the “Greek God of Walks” who focuses on drawing base on balls when at the plate. The 2009 campaign was the last time Youkilis played in more than 130 games in a year, suiting up in 136.