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Will Mark Reynolds signing with the Indians push Kevin Youkilis to the Yankees?

Dec 10, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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

Yesterday afternoon reports had the Indians trying to sign either Mark Reynolds or Kevin Youkilis to be their new first baseman. Last night Reynolds accepted their one-year, $6 million offer, which is quite a bit less than Cleveland is said to have offered Youkilis and seemingly makes it much more likely that Youkilis will wind up in New York.

Jeff Bradley of the Newark Star Ledger writes that the Yankees have probably “inched closer” to signing Youkilis as a fill-in for Alex Rodriguez at third base. Previous reports had the Yankees offering him a one-year, $12 million deal and Youkilis’ agent said he was “strongly considering” the offer.

A few other teams have also been linked to Youkilis, so he certainly has some options beyond the Yankees, and Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer notes that it’s possible the Indians may still be interested in him even after signing Reynolds.

  1. dcfan4life - Dec 10, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Yes, Youkillis will be yet another disgruntled former Red Sox who becomes a Yankee.

  2. bobwsc - Dec 10, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    wonder if Joba will throw at his head during BP in spring training

  3. uyf1950 - Dec 10, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Is what they signed Reynolds for really that much less then what’s been reported Cleveland had on the table for Youkilis? I’m not sure it is. The reports had Cleveland’s offer at between $16 and $18MM for 2 year. Reynolds contract is as I understand it for $6MM guaranteed and $1.5MM in incentives. While that’s less on are year bases then what the initial reports had for Clevelands Youkilis offer I don’t think it’s a great lower. Also there are reports today that offer for 2 years for Youkilis has been OFF the table for awhile now. Also It would seem to me that the Indians are committed to their in house option for 3rd base and with Reynolds primarily there 1st baseman now that would really only leave Youkilis as their DH if he were to sign there. I think we call all assume that as a DH Youkilis isn’t going to command a lot of money. At lease that’s my opinion. So while it’s not a lock that he will sign with the Yankees, I believe their chances are better today they they were a couple of days ago.

  4. deathmonkey41 - Dec 10, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Leave A-Rod alone!!!

  5. uyf1950 - Dec 10, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    I do have to say this waiting on Youkilis to make a decision is starting to wear thin. He’s had the offer from the Yankees since last Wednesday. To quote the saying “it’s time for him to chit or get off the pot” as far as I’m concerned.

  6. tashkalucy - Dec 10, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Indian fans see Reynolds as the new Russell Branyon.

    Deservedly so.

  7. homelanddefense - Dec 10, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    I hope he does sign there. I’d love to see the reaction by all the Yankees fans who did nothing but kill the guy while he was a Red Sox.

    • deathmonkey41 - Dec 10, 2012 at 1:54 PM

      He will get cheered- just like Clemens, Boggs, and Damon did when they came over. Not booing the man- just the uniform.

      • homelanddefense - Dec 10, 2012 at 2:56 PM

        Im not referencing the people who booed the uniform. I talking the people who talked about how bad he sucked as a player and made personal attacks on the guy.

        And in all honestly I know plenty of Yankee fans that never accepted Clemens, or Boggs as Yankees.

  8. 1zzo - Dec 10, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Get that man a razor.

    • manchestermiracle - Dec 10, 2012 at 9:53 PM

      He probably already has an iPhone.

  9. dfpoor - Dec 10, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Youk sign! We need you.

  10. slartibartfast4242 - Dec 10, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    Hey, whatever happened to the guy with the handle “phukyouk?”

    Did he change the handle? In off-season hibernation? Ran off with a Kardashian? Or was it really Joba using that name?

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