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White Sox interested in re-signing Kevin Youkilis after declining his option

Nov 1, 2012, 3:50 PM EDT

White Sox Youkilis celebrates game-winning single in MLB American League baseball game against Rangers in Chicago Reuters

Chicago declined its $13 million option on Kevin Youkilis earlier this week, buying him out for $1 million instead, but the White Sox are interested in bringing him back at a reduced salary.

New general manager Rick Hahn said during a radio interview with ESPN-1000 that he laid out the situation to Youkilis when informing him the option would be declined:

This is the first time Kevin has had a chance to be out on the open market, and he’s got a young family out on the west coast, and he wants to explore what’s out there. But he knows there is no confusion in his mind about our desire to bring him back. So we’re going to stay on that, stay in communication. It’s not a great time to be a club in the free-agent market looking for a third baseman, the player pool is not real deep, so I expect Kevin will be popular, but we’re going to be in on that until the end, I think.

Youkilis is coming off the first sub-.800 OPS season of his career, has struggled to stay healthy, and will be 34 years old before Opening Day, so it would have been tough to justify paying him $13 million even on a one-year commitment. He hit .236 with 15 homers and a .771 OPS in 80 games after being traded to the White Sox, which is both well below his career norms and still above-average production for a third baseman.

  1. Old Gator - Nov 1, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Relieved to hear it. With Tommy in the outfield, Macondo doesn’t need that much more ugly coming out of the dugout too.

  2. Gamera the Brave - Nov 1, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    Gator, while not being the sort to find Youkilis handsome in ANY way, he appears to have a pretty average mug. Plenty of ballplayers have similarly average mugs.
    However, no Youkilis post passes without you advancing your one-man “Youkilis is the ugliest guy in the world” meme.

    Did he piss in your Wheaties, or refuse to sign an autograph? What gives with the vitriol, sir?

    • Old Gator - Nov 1, 2012 at 7:22 PM

      It’s not vitriol. It’s acid. And he’s not nearly the ugliest guy in the world. Lyle Lovett is.

      • wlschneider09 - Nov 1, 2012 at 10:39 PM

        And yet, Julia Roberts….

      • Old Gator - Nov 2, 2012 at 6:07 AM

        …lasted how long? You will notice that Youkilis did not catch her on the rebound.

  3. Joe - Nov 1, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Why do you guys only cite Youkilis’ post-trade numbers when you write about him? Those 42 games with the Red Sox were played by the same guy, they are probably relevant to the discussion.

    • dcfan4life - Nov 1, 2012 at 8:29 PM

      Speaking of the Sox, with Bobby V gone, any chance the Red Sox resign him?

      • soxfan1966 - Nov 1, 2012 at 11:34 PM

        I think that the Red Sox should consider trying. Boston needs a first baseman, and Youk played a solid first base for a couple of seasons. That position is lss demanding and requires less athleticism than playing the hot corner; I’d say that’s a perfect situation for him by reducing the injury risk. He was always a fan favorite in Boston (me included), and with Bobby V long gone and a more familiar manager in place there is probably a much more positive attitude in the clubhouse for him.

        Question is … would Youk want to return to Boston?

  4. ryanrockzzz - Nov 1, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    I agree. The guy is an aging, declining player. I dont know why anyone would pay a high amount for him, or want to lock him up for more then one year.

  5. proudlycanadian - Nov 1, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    He would look a lot better in a Yankee uniform. NY should sign him to back up Arod and to piss off the Red Sox fans.

  6. lew24 - Nov 1, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    A declining aging third baseman…looks like a perfect fit for the Dodgers.

    • Old Gator - Nov 2, 2012 at 6:08 AM

      He’d be perfect for the Feesh’s third base needs if he weren’t a third baseman.

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