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08:15 AM ET 10.31 | Almost immediately off on the wrong foot under Bobby Valentine, Kevin Youkilis now provides another bit of intrigue in Boston. [Few would] imagine -- though many fans surely hoped -- that Youkilis would be seen wearing Boston's colors again. However, with the White Sox declining the 33-year-old's $13 million option for 2013 on Tuesday, could a reunion actually happen? It's an interesting scenario to think about, and one that shouldn't be immediately written off. ... [John Farrell] is the boss in Boston, and though [Will Middlebrooks] remains, [Adrian Gonzalez] has since been exported to Los Angeles, leaving a gaping hole at first base as the Red Sox head into the offseason looking to retool for 2013.

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October 31, 2012  08:42 AM ET

Maybe as a one year stop-gap at 1B. But Sox need to get younger and find a new identity. Bringing back more guys that contributed to the downfall doesn't make much sense.

October 31, 2012  08:42 AM ET

A 230 hitter isn't going the be the answer to this problem. They weren't wrong to get rid of him.

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October 31, 2012  08:52 AM ET

When you look at the alternatives, It's not a bad idea. His power number went way up once he left Boston, which tells you how much playing for Valentine affected him. Especially, when you factor in that he was playing in Fenway Park. How could his power numbers go up when going to US Celllar Field in Chicago? If he could hit .280 15-20 HR's and 80 RBI's and play gold glove type defense than take a shot. That's about what Millar did in 2004 and what Youkilis gave them in 2007.

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October 31, 2012  09:00 AM ET

Morning all - on for just a very short bit. Hope those in Harm's way are doing well.

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October 31, 2012  09:03 AM ET

Given the purge that just happened - I beleive if the rebuilding is done in a rather earnest manner - that it would be about 3 years (the 2015 season) to be solidly competitive. But people and management are going to have to be patient.

October 31, 2012  09:09 AM ET
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Interesting little 15 minute intense thunderstorm last night here in S NH...it was actually gorgeous here yesterday afternoon. We didn't have any real problems other than losing power for a few hours. The devastation further South is sobering and my heart goes out to those affected.

In Manassas, we had some gusts and a whole lotta rain all through Monday/Tuesdaymorning. Not nearly as bad as anything elsewhere in my opinion. I think for Manassas, Isabelle was worse. We were really on the outskirts being further south and west of landfall for Sandy.

October 31, 2012  09:09 AM ET

That bridge has burned already.

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October 31, 2012  09:13 AM ET

The Sox could get at least two journeyman first baseman for what they would pay Youk.

October 31, 2012  09:25 AM ET

Good morning all and Happy Halloween.

October 31, 2012  09:26 AM ET
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Interesting little 15 minute intense thunderstorm last night here in S NH...it was actually gorgeous here yesterday afternoon. We didn't have any real problems other than losing power for a few hours. The devastation further South is sobering and my heart goes out to those affected.

That's the kind of storm that pops up in Florida.

 
October 31, 2012  09:27 AM ET

Youk would be a useful back up. but he wants to start. Considering this is the GM that got rid of him, I don't see him coming back.

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