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Several teams are interested in Kevin Youkilis

Nov 13, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

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

Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Indians, Phillies, Dodgers, Mariners and Marlins have all expressed interest on Kevin Youkilis.

Flexibility and a shallow third and first base free agent market are helping Youkilis, it would seem. Because on the merits he is not a great free agent candidate.  Morosi notes his improvement after leaving for Boston, but it wasn’t dramatic improvement. He hit .236/.346/.425 in 80 games for the White Sox. He hit .235/.336/.409 in 438 at-bats overall. And he gets hurt a lot.

I sort of fee like a best case for him in 2013 is to get signed by a non-contender, have a nice couple of rebound months and then get shipped to a contender as a super-sub/bench bat kind of guy. But maybe that’s just be being bored in November and making up story lines.

  1. proudlycanadian - Nov 13, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    What about the Yankees? He would be an upgrade over Chavez.

    • henryd3rd - Nov 13, 2012 at 9:10 AM

      Replacing one fragile 3rd baseman with another doesn’t make a lot of sense. Plus Chavez has a lot better bat

      • proudlycanadian - Nov 13, 2012 at 9:23 AM

        I want to see what Youk would look like if he was cleaned up a bit by the Yankees.

  2. jessethegreat - Nov 13, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    So, you’re saying he’s entering Jim Thome territory?

  3. ncphilliesguy - Nov 13, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    I think this would be a big mistake for the Phils. I think you’d get a better average, less power. a better glove and more durabilty with Frandsen. And they have a back up plan with Galvis, he looks healthy and hitting well in Venezuala (not that I’m counting on offense from Galvis). I agree that Youk would be a good August pickup for a contender (hopefully the Phils). The Phils need to concentrate on the OF, IMO.

  4. whitdog23 - Nov 13, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    you are bored and making up story lines. sad that some of these fools bite and think it’s legit

  5. Old Gator - Nov 13, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Well, I guess if the Feesh were going to trash their nine year long tradition of playing anyone at third but a third baseman, a guy with a trash…er…slash line like Quasimodo’s would make the most sense for them.

    • Gamera the Brave - Nov 13, 2012 at 1:52 PM

      I will grant that this is not the most flattering photo of Youkilis…
      Or, in the immortal words of Igor in “Young Frankenstein” – “What hump?…”

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