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Late night notes and links: Chavez, Youkilis, Keppinger, Swisher

Posted By Chad Jennings On December 4, 2012 @ 10:07 pm In Misc | 255 Comments

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A few late-night notes and links from here in Nashville.

[2]• My good friend Dan Barbarisi — worth noting he’s a former Red Sox beat writer — reports that the Yankees interest in Kevin Youkilis is serious enough [3] that they’ve requested his medicals. And with Youkilis, the medicals are a significant part of the process.

• Speaking of the Red Sox, Boston is reportedly interested in adding Eric Chavez [4] to bring some left-handed balance to its infield. That said, Alex Speier notes that the Yankees can probably offer Chavez more playing time. I would add that they can also offer him more familiarity, which might matter for a guy who’s played for only two franchises in his career.

• Two reports about the potential price of Jeff Keppinger. Ken Rosenthal reports that the price is at two years, $8 million. [5] Jon Heyman says he’s looking for closer to three years, $12 million. [6] Hard to think the Yankees would go three years at this point, but I wonder if they would go two years for a guy with defensive versatility.

• Hard to tell whether this is news or speculation, but Heyman lists the Yankees as being in the market for Mark Reynolds. [7] Heyman could be simply listing the market for any third base candidate.

• Rosenthal says the Yankees are still in the mix for Scott Hairston. [8]

• Former Yankees right fielder Nick Swisher reportedly spoke personally with two teams today, [9]while his agent spoke to four teams. The free agent market has really picked up steam this week, so Swisher could be on the verge of finding a team.

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[3] the Yankees interest in Kevin Youkilis is serious enough: https://twitter.com/DanBarbarisi/status/276142260033310721

[4] Boston is reportedly interested in adding Eric Chavez: http://fullcount.weei.com/sports/boston/baseball/red-sox/2012/12/04/hot-stove-red-sox-and-yankees-could-compete-for-eric-chavez/

[5] two years, $8 million.: https://twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status/276060229941211136

[6] three years, $12 million.: https://twitter.com/JonHeymanCBS/status/276110182734524416

[7] in the market for Mark Reynolds.: https://twitter.com/JonHeymanCBS/statuses/276110501392568320

[8] still in the mix for Scott Hairston. : https://twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status/276133083185565696

[9] Nick Swisher reportedly spoke personally with two teams today, : https://twitter.com/TBrownYahoo/statuses/276131514239045632