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Kevin Youkilis still hoping to play again this season

Aug 12, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

New York Yankees' Kevin Youkilis stretches during MLB spring training workouts in Tampa, Florida Reuters

It may be too late to help the Yankees’ dwindling playoff hopes, but Kevin Youkilis hasn’t given up on playing again this season.

However, he was given a 10-12 week recovery timetable following back surgery in mid-June and Michael Fensom of the Newark Star Ledger reports that Youkilis has yet to even start swinging a bat or doing any other baseball activities.

Youkilis played just 28 games for the Yankees before being shut down, hitting .219 with two homers and a .648 OPS after signing a one-year, $12 million deal as a free agent.

  1. proudlycanadian - Aug 12, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    That was a waste of $12 million; however, it is pocket change compared to the Yankee albatross contracts.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 12, 2013 at 11:34 AM

      speaking of waste how did all those trades the bluejays made this past off season working out for them? Lets take a look

      1. Buehrle 12MIL a year = Waste of money
      2. Josh Johnson $13,750,000 a year=Waste of money
      3. RA Dickey 5MIL a year= waste of money
      4. Jose Reyes $10,000,000 a year. He would be the best pick of the lot, probably is he wont even get to play a half a season cause all he does is get hurt. = Waste of money
      5 Melky Cabrera 8MIL a year=Waste of money
      now lets add all of that money up and see what we got

      That’s approx. 50MIL is wasted money!! Not too bad!! Now the bad part, most of that money comes back next year for the jays, at least Youkilis was a 1 year deal and we gave nothing up to get him

      • cur68 - Aug 12, 2013 at 12:05 PM

        Haha. Nice on ‘harry. Nice and “abvious(sic)”. So the abvious(sic) reply? Alex Rodriguez. Derek Jeter. CC Sabbathia. Care to do the math on those players for this season? I won’t. Fans of The Yankees all KNOW the numbers on those contracts and only a total poo flinging chimp would drag that out in detail. That’s abvious(sic).

      • hammyofdoom - Aug 12, 2013 at 5:01 PM

        Erm… while I agree the trade wasn’t exactly stellar, why the HELL does this discussion belong here? Why in the world did you bring it up?

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 12, 2013 at 8:34 PM

        Hey cur68 one thing for you, 1993. That’s all I gotta say to you. NExt

    • cackalackyank - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:19 AM

      Not only was it a waste of 12 million, it was a red letter indictment of the condition of the NYY farm systems current condition. The only real reason that Youk was signed was to be an @ 1/2 season replacement of A-rod, and then a fillin at 3B, DH, and 1B since Swisher was not resigned. (Texeira was not hurt yet when he was signed.) Of course we now know A-rod was out closer to 2/3 of the season, but really a moot point since Youk has really been gone since May. In any case if the Yankees had a decent prospect at AAA or maybe even someone promising at AA this signing NEVER needed to happen. Then what followed with Tex and Youk both going down was the umasking of how few even marginal prospects they have.

  2. hammyofdoom - Aug 12, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Such a damn shame what happened to his career… from the post-season of 2007 to the first half of 2011 he was one of the most impressive offensive players to watch (plus his defense at first was great). It sucks to watch such a talented player take a nosedive as quickly as he did with injuries

    • yahmule - Aug 12, 2013 at 12:53 PM

      Late bloomers tend to decline suddenly.

  3. mybrunoblog - Aug 12, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    I doubt the Yankees would want him back in 2014. That said if Youkilis had a sense of dignity, he’d sign a discounted deal and play for 1 or 2 million $ and try to conrtibute something to the team that way overpaid for him in 2013.

    • raysfan1 - Aug 12, 2013 at 10:43 AM

      It won’t be dignity that causes him to sign a $2M deal this offseason. It’d likely to be his best offer, whether from the Yankees or elsewhere. He’s now aging and coming off two injury-marred seasons.

    • Paul White - Aug 12, 2013 at 11:04 AM

      The Yankees were foolish enough to throw $12 million at a 34-year old, injury-plagued guy who hadn’t managed to play as many as 130 games since 2009, and has never cracked 150. They did so in full knowledge of this history, so unless Youkilis is faking something now, his “dignity” really shouldn’t come into play at all. The Yankees screwed up. Why should Youkilis play for any kind of discount to help the richest team in baseball recover from a bad decision?

      • turdfurgerson68 - Aug 12, 2013 at 4:16 PM

        Who gets the blame for signing Youk?

        a) The Cashman?
        or
        b) the Steinbrenner bros?

        We know who the apologists are going to chose. But since they’re delusional, let’s see who others think is to blame for this failure.

      • cackalackyank - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:28 AM

        @turd No apologist here. This signing is the “Cherry on top” of the s**t cream pie that is Cashman’s long term record. Why would an elite organization need to sign this guy for what was theoretically at the time a half year fillin job and bench warmer position? Because their farm system is a gutted shell compared to the farm that produced Jeter, Posada, Pettitte, Rivera, Gardner,and Cano.

    • theskinsman - Aug 12, 2013 at 11:28 AM

      LMAO! If Jeter and Arod had a sense of dignity, they would sign a new deal for 1 or 2 million and try to contribute something to the team that grossly overpays them.

    • hockeyflow33 - Aug 12, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      Do you offer to take less money at your job when you underperform?

      • mybrunoblog - Aug 12, 2013 at 1:10 PM

        No guaranteed contracts in the real world. We under perform and eventually we will get fired. End of story.

      • hockeyflow33 - Aug 12, 2013 at 3:07 PM

        Umm….there are all sorts of jobs that run on contracts, not sure what you’re talking about

  4. yahmule - Aug 12, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    The ridiculous thing is some GM is going to offer him a contract next season.

    • scotttheskeptic - Aug 12, 2013 at 1:40 PM

      Amaro?

  5. pisano - Aug 12, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    He’s pretty much done, one thing you have to give Bobby Valentine credit for, and that’s probably the only thing, is he saw it right away. He won’t be back with the Yankees, they’ll go in another direction, they might be some dumb, but they aren’t plumb dumb.

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