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Kevin Youkilis to play for Masahiro Tanaka's team

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10:20 AM ET 12.21 | Former Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis will play next season in Japan according to Nikkan Sports. Youkilis, 34, has agreed to a one-year deal with the Rakuten Golden Eagles. He will earn a $4 million salary with $1 million available in incentives. Youkilis played parts of nine seasons for the Red Sox, hitting .287 with 133 home runs. He was a three-time All-Star and appeared in 29 postseason games. He was a Gold Glove winner at first base in 2007, helping the Red Sox to the World Series title. He broke in during the 2004 season, appearing in 72 regular-season games but not in the World Series.

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December 21, 2013  11:13 AM ET

nothing wrong in trying to regain some confidence in his bat,after all the injuries may leave him alone
now that he is no longer w/yankees!!!

December 21, 2013  11:22 AM ET

should this guy get higher stats in his new team?? could it be that any team would work a trade for him??no? i thought so!!

December 21, 2013  02:14 PM ET

its a shame they put that pic of him in a ya***es uniform...

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December 21, 2013  03:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

its a shame they put that pic of him in a ya***es uniform...

I agree, poor guy has enough problems. Should have been a White Sox uni.

December 21, 2013  03:47 PM ET

Wonder what the contract says about injuries; Youk is becoming very fragile.

December 21, 2013  09:01 PM ET

He's also a gamer who comes to play.
Good guy, earned my respect during his time in Boston.
His body is betraying him at too young an age, good luck to him.

December 21, 2013  10:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

He's also a gamer who comes to play.Good guy, earned my respect during his time in Boston.His body is betraying him at too young an age, good luck to him.

His intensity bothered me at times; but, there's no denying that he came to play each and every game.

 
December 22, 2013  02:15 PM ET

I'm a little surprised he didn't catch on with somebody here in the U.S. By going to Japan at his age, I don't see much chance of him coming back unless it's some one year deal to replace someone who gets injured.

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