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The Indians have offered Kevin Youkilis two-years, $18 million

Dec 7, 2012, 9:01 AM EDT

Kevin Youkilis AP

Yesterday we learned that the Yankees have offered Kevin Youkilis one-year for $12 million. Buster Olney reports, now, that the Indians’ offer for Youk is two-years, $18 million.

Certainly a clear choice between dough and security for Youkilis. If he has a good year in 2013 the Yankees deal will allow him to capitalize on it, if he doesn’t, the Indians deal will mean more money over two than he’d be able to get. And of course the Indians can just give him a job while his playing time in New York may be limited — or at least his role changed somewhat — if A-Rod comes back healthy.

Oh, and in New York he’d have to shave, which is just unsettling.

  1. uyf1950 - Dec 7, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Even if he doesn’t have a good year, unless he has a career ending injury in 2013 the Yankees offer is probably better. If he were to become a FA again after the 2013 season he most certainly should be able to get a 1 year deal worth $6MM or more (the difference between the Yankees 1 year offer and Cleveland’s 2 year offer). The Red Sox just signed Ross for basically $5MM per Youkilil has to be worth that and more on a 1 year deal.

    • uyf1950 - Dec 7, 2012 at 9:05 AM

      correction: “Youkilis”

    • Kevin S. - Dec 7, 2012 at 9:36 AM

      I agree with that, and I also don’t think there will be much of a role issue, even once A-Rod comes back. I’m guessing he’ll be a full-time DH, with him and Youk switching off occasionally to keep Youkilis from breaking down.

      • uyf1950 - Dec 7, 2012 at 9:43 AM

        Youkilis on a 1 year deal with the Yankees won’t have any issue getting in at least 120 games if not more. Based on what’s been ;ublished about A-Rod’s surgery and rehab he won’t be back with the Yankees till at least the All Star break. So that’s 90 games +/- right there. After that A-Rod will probably be limited to 2 or 3 games a week for at least the next month playing defense that’s another 15 games for Youkilis at 3rd base. He’s already over 105 games. Then add in so games as the DH and some games spelling Tex at 1st base and 120 games is the absolute minimum I see Youkilis playing for the Yankees in 2013 if they sign him. He’ll probably get in even more though.

  2. number42is1 - Dec 7, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    WHEW! thank you indians!

  3. dirtyharry1971 - Dec 7, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    take the indians offer!!!

  4. tashkalucy - Dec 7, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Craig,

    There are two guys that post in the comment section of Indians stories on ceveland.com – they go by the handles of ‘Not Mark Shapiro’ and ‘@Spin’dianFever’. Their stuff is hilarious and is helping Indian fans to laugh at the inept front office and ownership, as opposed to taking it too seriously. For sure those people in the Indians organization do not represent either Indian fans worldwide, or people in NE Ohio. The entire organization is simply a farce.

    Some examples:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/84199227@N04/8171899658/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/84199227@N04/8250513961/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/84199227@N04/8237089853/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/84199227@N04/8231768683/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/84199227@N04/8079364549/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/84199227@N04/8234243369/

    And of course:

    http://www.mejuba.com/albums/NotMarkShapiro/134008/5151377/1

    P.S. I am not one of those two gentlemen.

  5. sidelineshot - Dec 7, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    What about any tax implications with playing in NY? The Cleveland gig sounds better. Unless, Youk wants the city lights.

  6. richwizl - Dec 7, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    I bet he signs with Cleveland. He’s from Ohio, to start, and he’d be comfortable playing for Francona; plus, not the scrutiny of NY, where fans will jump on him if he makes an error.

  7. unlost1 - Dec 7, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    why would he go there when the owner said winning doesn’t matter

    • hermie13 - Dec 7, 2012 at 2:55 PM

      The owner never said winning doesnt matter.

      You may be referrinf to Shapiro, the team President (not owner), who said fans shouldnt just come to a game to see a winner. He also never said winning doesnt matter (that was the media twisting his words). He actualky said winning is the most important thing to the franchise.

  8. genericcommenter - Dec 7, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    If he takes the Indians offer, it’s a sign that he isn’t confident in his abilities and doesn’t expect to do enough in 2013 to get paid in 2014.

    • hermie13 - Dec 7, 2012 at 2:56 PM

      Or he could just feel more comfortable playing for his old Boston manager…

  9. genericcommenter - Dec 7, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    And as I said before, of course he will have playing time with the Yankees. They always end up with scrubs filling-in. It’s up to him to produce. If he’s playing well, they aren’t going to give all the DH, 3B, and back-up 1B at-bats to some AAAA guy over a good Youk. And they aren’t going to bench him for A-Rod. IF healthy A-Rod will be eased in as a DH and part-time 3B. Even when fully healthy A-Rod is going get at least a couple days off from the field and probably a full day off per week.

    The Yankees have NO 3B on the active roster, no full-time DH, and no back-up 1B. Nix, Chavez, Nunez, McGehee, all started at 3B last year. Teixeira missed 43 starts at 1B. Swisher ( 41 games with action at 1B) is gone. Chavez is gone. All those other guys are gone, DFA’d, demoted, etc. This is a team that has 6th or 7th OFers making starts and minor league utility guys filling in every season. They have guys who can’t hit a lick filling in at DH. Of course someone like Youk, if good, would get playing time after a broken down A-Rod “comes back.”

    • Jeremy T - Dec 7, 2012 at 11:25 AM

      That being said, I would imagine he’d have more consistency in Cleveland. He’ll get into a lot of games with the Yanks, but he won’t have the stability of knowing exactly what’s expected of him every day. I don’t know if that’s something that he would care about, and maybe the higher annual value combined with playing for a more competitive team outweighs that allure of stability, but I would imagine it’s potential factor.

      • uyf1950 - Dec 7, 2012 at 12:00 PM

        Jeremy that may or may not be true what you say about “stability”. But for God sake it’s the Indians that you’re talking about. It’s a team most players want to leave not go to. No disrespect intended.

      • Jeremy T - Dec 7, 2012 at 1:22 PM

        None taken, I’m a Yankees fan :)

        I don’t know where Youk’s top priorities are. Maybe after years of stress in Boston, he’d enjoy the more laid-back atmosphere. Maybe he’d prefer a more competitive environment, but still has too much residual loyalty to Boston to come to the Yankees. Or maybe he just wants to play for a winner, and would love to play for the Yanks. Regardless of where he ends up, and even if none of these factors even matter to him, I’m sure we’ll all be treated to one or two of these storylines once he actually signs somewhere.

  10. fsanto1 - Dec 7, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Youkalis will get plenty of playing time with the Yankees. He will play 3rd, 1st and DH. He is a tough player and one that would fit right in in NY because of his great work ethic. He would be a great addition for the Yankees.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 7, 2012 at 11:56 AM

      I think he plays more third, no way they should Alex play the field…………..
      they really don’t have anyone @ first behind Youlk………………
      I agree.

  11. fanofevilempire - Dec 7, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    I should have said behind Tex……………

  12. 13arod - Dec 8, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    if i was him i would go to the yankeeys if he wannts a world series ring indins can’t win

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