Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Yankees in talks with Youkilis for one-year deal

It wasn't too long ago that Wade Boggs broke Boston hearts by ditching his Red Sox uniform and donned the despised pinstripes of the New York Yankees.  Now there are reports that another famed Boston third baseman could be jumping from the Red Sox Nation into the Yankees Universe.

Youkilis played for the Chicago White Sox most of last season after being released by the Red Sox in mid-season.

He was a rookie with the "Idiots" who finally put an end to the Curse of the Bambino by bringing a World Series title to Boston in 2004 but didn't see any action in the Series before becoming a fan favorite.

Youkilis is a career .283 hitter who slipped to .235 last season. The 34-year-old Youkilis had a .336 OBP and hit 19 home runs with 60 RBIs in 2012 but has seen his numbers decline in recent years.

The Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies and Cleveland Indians have also shown interest in the steady Youkilis who made $12 million last season — a number the suddenly budget-conscious Yankees are not likely to match.

Maybe he just wants an opportunity to ride a police horse around the outfield of Yankee Stadium.

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