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Yankees make it official with Youkilis

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Dec 14, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Here’s the press release from the team…

NEW YORK YANKEES SIGN INFIELDER KEVIN YOUKILIS

The New York Yankees today announced they have signed infielder Kevin Youkilis to a one-year contract for the 2013 season.

Youkilis, 33 (birthday is March 15, 1979), is a career .283 (1,030-for-3,644) batter with 641 runs, 247 doubles, 18 triples, 148 home runs and 610RBI in 1,033 games with Boston (2004-12) and Chicago-AL (2012). He owns a .298 (296-for-994) career batting average with 44 home runs against left-handed pitchers, including a .319 (153-for-480) combined mark over the last four years (2009-12).

He combined to hit .235 (103-for-438) with 19 home runs and 60RBI in 122 games with the Red Sox and the White Sox in 2012, after being acquired by Chicago-AL on June 24, 2012, along with cash considerations in exchange for INF Brent Lillibridge and RHP Zach Stewart. Youkilis also spent nearly a month on the disabled list from April 29 through May 22 with a lower back strain.

A three-time All-Star (2008, ’09, ’11) and one-time Gold Glove Award winner (2007 at first base), Youkilis is a career .306 (34-for-111) batter in postseason play with 22 runs, nine doubles, six home runs and 17 RBI in 29 games. He was also a member of World Series-winning teams in 2004 and 2007 with Boston.

During his career Youkilis has appeared at first base (548 starts), third base (398 starts), second base (one start) and the outfield, making 19 starts in left field and appearing twice as a defensive replacement in right field.

Originally selected by Boston in the eighth round of the 2001 First-Year Player Draft, Youkilis hails from Cincinnati, Ohio, and attended the University of Cincinnati.

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53 Responses to “Yankees make it official with Youkilis”

  1. Hassey December 14th, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Last Jewish Yankee starter?

  2. Jerkface December 14th, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    My biggest issue with the $189M had always been that it didn’t give the Yankees ample time to adjust to it. It penalized them bigtime.

    with teams writing blank checks and revenues at all time highs, isn’t NOW the time for no salary cap??

    It penalizes them less than the previous limits though?

  3. Against All Odds December 14th, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Tyler December 14th, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Against All Odds December 14th, 2012 at 11:39 am
    blake December 14th, 2012 at 11:38 am

    @Buster_ESPN: It’s become evident that this Hamilton deal was made over the head of the Angels’ baseball operations department.

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    I wonder what their reaction was when the news broke
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    Lol, probably just looked at each other and said nothing.

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    http://gifrific.com/wp-content.....Payton.gif

  4. MTU December 14th, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Can I throwup now ?

    :(

  5. PacoDooley December 14th, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    That stint in the outfield went well from what I recall…

  6. PacoDooley December 14th, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Hassey December 14th, 2012 at 12:03 pm
    Last Jewish Yankee starter?
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    Must have been someone since Andy Stankiewicz left, no? But he is the only person that comes to mind. Braun would fit that role well….

  7. Against All Odds December 14th, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    MTU December 14th, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Can I throwup now ?

    :(
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    Just don’t get it all over the place please.

  8. RMS December 14th, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Youk is signed for 12 million. All Yankee problems solved.

  9. Patrick December 14th, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    @Buster_ESPN: It’s become evident that this Hamilton deal was made over the head of the Angels’ baseball operations department.

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    I wonder what their reaction was when the news broke
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    Lol, probably just looked at each other and said nothing.

    http://i.imgur.com/CGu8E.gif

  10. MTU December 14th, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    AAO-

    Sure thing. I have been preparing for this moment ever since I heard.

    ;)

  11. Benny Blanco December 14th, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    What is the home run call going to be?

  12. Against All Odds December 14th, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Good so you already have a sense of how much it will be and where it will go. :D

    All joking aside though I can’t stand the sight or smell of vomit. I don’t know what I’m going to do when I have children. When I had a cat I didn’t want to clean it up lol.

  13. MTU December 14th, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    AAO-

    Then you wouldn’t have wanted to be out with me on a typical Fri. night when I was younger.

    Get a nose clip is my advice.

    You can use for dual purpose. For cleaning up after your cat, and for each time you see Youkilis in PS’s.

    ;)

  14. Patrick December 14th, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    What is the home run call going to be?

    Good question

  15. joeman December 14th, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    2 player signings and they add 72 years total in age…way to get younger….Youkilis had 1 rbi in his last 59 AB’s last season, he’ll fit right in

  16. Patrick December 14th, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Actually I lied, this was probably the Angels baseball ops people when they found out they were getting Hamilton: http://i.imgur.com/u9DX2.jpg

  17. MaineYankee December 14th, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    PS’s– Post season. :D:

  18. Phranchise December 14th, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    In this market I can’t believe the Yankees aren’t aggressively trying to move Granderson. If Choo can be moved, there has to be a decent market for one year of Granderson. Texas seems like an obvious trade partner now if Upton is truly off the market. Granderson would at least replace a chunk of the power they lose without Hamilton. Yankees would have a lot of work to do then to replace Grandy, but if they are truly looking to the future, this is the perfect time to make this move.

  19. MaineYankee December 14th, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    AAO

    When I had a cat I didn’t want to clean it up

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    Just get a dog. :lol:

  20. MTU December 14th, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Youkilis is a gamer.

    Got to give him that.

    What he can still offer remains to be seen.

    Hopefully a lot.

    He’s proof that Humans can get used to just about anything.

    If he doesn’t do well he will hear booing the likes of which he probably has never heard.

  21. joeman December 14th, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Phranchise December 14th, 2012 at 12:24 pm
    In this market I can’t believe the Yankees aren’t aggressively trying to move Granderson. If Choo can be moved, there has to be a decent market for one year of Granderson. Texas seems like an obvious trade partner now if Upton is truly off the market. Granderson would at least replace a chunk of the power they lose without Hamilton. Yankees would have a lot of work to do then to replace Grandy, but if they are truly looking to the future, this is the perfect time to make this move.

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    move Cano also….he’s going to want a least a $150 mil for 6

  22. joeman December 14th, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    MTU December 14th, 2012 at 12:26 pm
    Youkilis is a gamer.

    Got to give him that.

    What he can still offer remains to be seen.

    Hopefully a lot.

    He’s proof that Humans can get used to just about anything.

    If he doesn’t do well he will hear booing the likes of which he probably has never heard
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    there might not be many fans in the stands to make a lot of noise

  23. RMS December 14th, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Yanks sign Youk for 12 million. Could have used that money elsewhere.
    They should have signed Melky. Don’t have to platoon him.
    ” ” Wiggington. He could have played 3rd and 1st and much cheaper.

  24. RadioKev December 14th, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Kevin sends one to heaven

    Youk kills one to right field

    That’s the best I’ve got.

  25. RMS December 14th, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Sign Wiggington

  26. Against All Odds December 14th, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    MTU December 14th, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    AAO-

    Then you wouldn’t have wanted to be out with me on a typical Fri. night when I was younger.

    Get a nose clip is my advice.

    You can use for dual purpose. For cleaning up after your cat, and for each time you see Youkilis in PS’s.

    ;)

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    If we were hanging out I would say other direction and if we’re in a car hang your head out the window.

    I may just do that.

    There is a good end result for everything lol :)

  27. MTU December 14th, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    RMS-

    Saw that on Wigginton. Don’t know why they didn’t go after him ?

    Hope they are not thinking that Youkilis still plays a good 3rd base ?

  28. AAA December 14th, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    At least Youk won’t be the type of guy who complains when he asked to come off the bench when Arod returns. #sacrcasm

  29. Patrick December 14th, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Sign Wiggington

    He already signed a 2 year deal w/ the Cardinals.

    Also what do you mean when you say Youkilis is a gamer? What does he do that makes him a gamer?

  30. Phranchise December 14th, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Youkilis will be seeing heavy time even when Arod comes back. They will rest him enough to keep him healthy, but he can play 1B to rest Tex and he can be your right handed DH, pinch hitter or whatever. Beyond the need to a 1B, there were a lot of advantages bringing him here and he can play defense.

  31. Against All Odds December 14th, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    MaineYankee December 14th, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    AAO

    When I had a cat I didn’t want to clean it up

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    Just get a dog. :lol:

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    lol that’s even worse because I can see me having a hard time picking up the dog poo.

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0a3f.....e-wire.gif

  32. MTU December 14th, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Patrick-

    Just meant that he grinds out at bats and whatever he has, he leaves it all out on the field.

    He’s a competitior. Gives you 110% effort.

  33. Against All Odds December 14th, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Also what do you mean when you say Youkilis is a gamer? What does he do that makes him a gamer?

    ————

    Plays hard, battles, runs hard, etc.

  34. joeman December 14th, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    not so sure Arod plays in 13

  35. chicken little December 14th, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    With Youkilis and Ichiro, at least the Yanks have two players with weird batting stances. Now all they need is Julio Franco and Jim Leyritz …

  36. The Return of Stoneburner December 14th, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    •The Rangers have told Geovany Soto he’ll be their everyday catcher in 2013, but ESPN’s Buster Olney wonders if the Rangers could now pursue free agent backstop A.J. Pierzynski. Also from Olney, rival evaluators are speculating that the Rangers might now be the best fit for Nick Swisher (both links are to Olney’s Twitter account).

    •The Mariners “badly wanted” Hamilton, which means the Angels disappointed two of their AL West rivals today, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports (on Twitter). MLB.com’s Greg Johns hears that the M’s were heavily courting Hamilton and “had strong hopes” he would sign with them.

    Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....sjYObiq.99

    No no Mariners and Rangers – you want Granderson, Granderson, GRANDERSON – become involved in a bidding war for his services – - – -

  37. Ys Guy December 14th, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    arod always comes back from his injuries faster than predicted. Not getting injured in the first place is his problem, coming back from injuries….he’s excellent at.

  38. Patrick December 14th, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Just meant that he grinds out at bats and whatever he has, he leaves it all out on the field.

    He’s a competitior. Gives you 110% effort.

    Sorry, I just really dislike these “he’s a gamer” kind of statements. It’s not a knock on you though.

    To me, 95% of players in the majors are “gamers” they all try ridiculously hard or they wouldn’t have made it to the show. But you only hear certain players called “gamers” or “scrappy” or whatever.

  39. J. Alfred Prufrock December 14th, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue December 14th, 2012 at 10:37 am

    “Wasn’t that the year they won the WS :) ?”

    Yes – after they separated Melky and Robby, sent Melky down, and benched Robby. That was indeed the year. And after those events Robby did well and Melky went elsewhere and used steroids. Anything else?

    Thought not, and see ya for real. If there is anything else, I’ll catch you on another thread.

    :D
    ///

    Wow, Trisha. Yeah, there IS something else: this is just entirely incorrect.

    Not to pick on you, but this is exactly the kind of confirmation bias thing I’m getting at with all this “4th OF” stuff.

    This is not even looking for something real, even if out of context, to confirm what I consider to be an unfair judgment/wrong notion: this is something completely out of fantasy.

    Melky not only played on the 2009 team, he was the starting CF. He wasn’t banished in disgrace, leaving Cano to purify his soul from Melky contamination, and the Yankees free from their chubby little scourge in CF to win the World Series…

    No, that’s made up by you.

    Melky played, alright. He hit .391 in the American League Championship Series to help the Yankees get to the World Series. He missed games 5 & 6, because he got hurt crossing home plate in Game 4, in which he was 1 fo4 3.

    I believe you made an innocent mistake in recall. But I believe your “conviction” that Melky was some terrible influence on Cano colored your memory.

  40. J. Alfred Prufrock December 14th, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    1 for 3 :D

  41. UnKnown December 14th, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Aw man, just a conference call for The Youker. I was thinking they would lay out the “red” carpet for him.

  42. Against All Odds December 14th, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    But you only hear certain players called “gamers” or “scrappy” or whatever.

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    That’s probably because they kinda stand out when comparing them to other players.

  43. J. Alfred Prufrock December 14th, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    UnKnown,

    In the past, whenever we bring an ex-Sox player here, the Yankees seem to over rate that guy. Since 2004, any way. How many times did Alan Embree get to come in and screw up, under Torre? Not that Youkilis is a comp in terms of ability, but you know if he’s struggling, and David Adams, say, is raking at AAA (where he will surely go this season, if not traded), he’ll never see the light of day.

    Whatever. Wake me up in two years, when this AA class is a knockin’. Let’s see how many survive until that time, and if they do, how much of a chance to become Yankees they actually get.

  44. Against All Odds December 14th, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    More often than not a guy gets called a gamer when he’s not as physically talented as his peers. Think about Jeter he gets lauded for giving his all and competing like every at bat is his last. Now look at A-rod. Why aren’t the same things said about him?? He’s always been a hard worker and never makes excuses.

  45. joeman December 14th, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    help the people in Ct who lost children today…

  46. joeman December 14th, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    grades 1-4 what a shame

  47. joeman December 14th, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    also to the teachers that past

  48. Against All Odds December 14th, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    It’s a tragic event.

  49. joeman December 14th, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    worst school shooting in American history…..time for police protection in every school across the country

  50. DONNYBROOK December 14th, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    To me a “gamer” is a guy that gets crucial, game deciding hits\HR’s. It has Nothing to do with effort, or dragging a butt onto the field day-after-day. Those are the hitters other teams do Not wantta see at the plate with the game on the line. Thurm, O’Neill, Leyritz, etc.

  51. Chip December 14th, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    18 dead children; 26 victims in total. My opinion, the gunman got off easy by dying.

  52. joeman December 14th, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Chip December 14th, 2012 at 1:12 pm
    18 dead children; 26 victims in total. My opinion, the gunman got off easy by dying.

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    usually they way it is with these cowards

  53. Hassey December 14th, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    WTF is happening in this country?

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