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Dodgers considering adding Kevin Youkilis for third base

Nov 9, 2012, 6:46 PM EDT

Kevin Youkilis AP

The Dodgers indicated at season’s end that they’d likely go into 2013 with Hanley Ramirez at shortstop and Luis Cruz at third. They’d also have the option of going back to former top prospect Dee Gordon at short and shifting Ramirez to third.

As it turns out, though, baseball’s new richest team may go in an entirely different direction at third base.’s Ken Rosenthal reports that they’re considering making a bid for free agent Kevin Youkilis.

The Dodgers would be making another addition even though they currently have eight players on their 40-man roster able to play short and/or third base:

Ramirez: $15.5 million
Juan Uribe: $7 million
Jerry Hairston Jr.: $3.75 million
Nick Punto: $1.5 million

And then Cruz, Gordon, Justin Sellers and Elian Herrera all making close to the minimum.

Obviously, not all of those guys will be around next year. Gordon, Sellers and Herrera figure to head to Triple-A if they’re still in the organization. Uribe will likely be released or traded for another bad contract. Hairston can play the outfield, too, so he’ll stick around. If Cruz starts, then Punto can stick as a reserve. If Cruz is pushed into a utility role, then Punto might be released or traded.

Youkilis is also being looked at by the White Sox and Phillies, sources tell Rosenthal. Still, one imagines that if the Dodgers decide they want him, they won’t be outbid.

My thought is that they’re better off making defense the priority and putting Hanley at third. Cruz is a better shortstop than Ramirez anyway, and he and Gordon can battle it out for a starting job.

  1. dcfan4life - Nov 9, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    This is just too funny. If this ends up in a signing, suddenly all the players Boston wanted to get rid of are winding up in LA playing for a beloved Yankee.

  2. lew24 - Nov 9, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    I hope its not for 3 years!

    • chill1184 - Nov 9, 2012 at 7:55 PM

      Dont underestimate Omar Minaya err I mean Ned Colletti

      • gibbyfan - Nov 10, 2012 at 9:57 AM

        LOL–good post Chill

  3. 13yrsmlbvet - Nov 9, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    How will Beckett feel about this since he thinks Youk ratted on him in Beantown?

  4. dfh3456 - Nov 9, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    Perhaps the Dodgers can pick up Arod off waivers.

  5. proudlycanadian - Nov 9, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    The Dodgers are going to need a 50 man roster if all the rumors are true.

  6. Marty - Nov 9, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    Why in the hell are they looking outside of the NL West? Can’t the Giants come up with some declining talent for them to bid on?

  7. Old Gator - Nov 9, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    I sorta promised Gamera the Brave that I’d lay off the ugly jokes about Youkilis for a while, so I will say nothing about having him at third base in Tinseltown would restore the aesthetic balance between the sunsetside beach bodies and the east coast couch potatoettes.

    • historiophiliac - Nov 10, 2012 at 12:08 AM

      Plus, that batting stance is a thing of beauty.

      • Old Gator - Nov 10, 2012 at 10:20 AM

        Yeah, those armpits….at least he shaves.

  8. fern19 - Nov 10, 2012 at 3:11 AM

    If we’re going to use him for trade bate then it’s fine….but we all know he’ll be in the D.L.first month of the seson the out for the season..

  9. dan1111 - Nov 10, 2012 at 4:44 AM

    The Dodgers may have lots of players who can play third and short, but only one of those players can hit. So it isn’t necessarily illogical to go after Youkilis. Even his poor showing last year was better than what any of the Dodgers’ candidates is likely to produce.

    Conventional wisdom seems to be that Youk is done. However, this seems unlikely to me. He was a top power hitter for a number of years before 2012. You have to expect him to be better than last year, and there is at least a decent chance that he will rebound and return to an elite level, in which case he would be a great bargain for whoever signs him.

    • doubledsquared - Nov 14, 2012 at 8:27 PM

      19 homers, 60 rbi’s and .235/.336/409 in 2012; 17 hr’s, 80 rbi’s and .258/.373./.459 in 2011. Made over $12M both those years.

      Those numbers are better than Uribe; Punto can’t hit; and Cruz won’t be better than he was last year.

      But Youkiliss has shown steady decline for the past 2 years, his defense is subpar and his clubhouse reputation – fairly or not – ain’t so hot.

      I guess if you can swing a 2-year deal for around $5M it’s worth a shot, but I’d rather see them go with Ramirez at short and Cruz at third or Ramirez at third and Gordon at short (because let’s not give up on Dee just yet). If neither Cruz nor Gordon can cut it, then there will be a third baseman on the market during the season that the Dodgers can trade for who I’m sure will be no worse and probably better than the YOUK.

      The guy who made the Colletti to Minaya comparison is right…the Dodgers don’t have to sign every past his prime player just because ownership is willing to dump cash (for now).

  10. pedroia81 - Nov 10, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Youkilis is as hard a worker as any in baseball if your going to take a chance on anyone it’s him only thing is he’s better suited at 1st base

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