Kevin Youkilis: (The Greek God Of Walks) Can Still Help A Ball Club
Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Writer/Website Owner): Follow @chuckbooth3024
Part of being a baseball writer is leaving some of your fandom behind in the wake of it. I never thought in a million years I would be writing a praise-full piece about Kevin Youkilis. But here it is… Last month, the White Sox declined his 13 Million Dollar 2013 Team Option and bought him out for a 1 Million Dollars. Anyone could have projected this, including Youkilis, but why didn’t Kenny Williams try to get creative with it? What if they could have offered Youkilis a 2 year extension for 5-6 Million Dollars and bring the total value of the contract up to around 19 Million Dollars for the 3 years with the added $? Youkilis stabilized the White Sox’s 3B position nicely during his 80 game stint. His 3 category stat line read .236/.346/.772, with 15 HRs and 46 RBI and 47 Runs in 292 AB.) If you double that production, his full year totals would have been about 30 HRs, 92 RBI and 95 Runs. Those numbers will still fetch a pretty penny on the open market. Now that the White Sox have bought him out, he can sign with anyone.
3 Top Teams that may be interested include: The Reds, Phillies or to re-sign back with White Sox. Youkilis is a good veteran on any team. I personally believe he may better suited for the AL and even as a DH. He can also play 1B/3B.
The Reds: With Scott Rolen leaving, will the team trust Todd Frazier with the reigns in 2013? While Frazier had a solid rookie season, he may suffer a sophomore jinx like a lot of 2nd year players do. With high expectations looming for Cincinnati in 2013, the management may decide to go for the gritty veteran and relegate Frazier to the Outfield. We need to remember that Cincinnati is where Youkilis is from and would be a nice homecoming.
The Phillies: This may be the only NL team I like for Youkilis. Philadelphia needs to go for it all in 2013. Signing Youkilis would make a power hitting lineup in the infield, only that much greater. Adding a 3rd Baseman who could pop 25 HRs, to Rollins, Utley and Howard would make the Phillies not have to spend big dollars in the OF in Free Agency. Giving Youkilis a few years on a contract, at a decent pay-rate would not break the bank on the Phillies from signing 1 or 2 mid-level outfielders. You still have Kevin Frandsen as an extra infielder to slide over to 3rd if Howard gets injured for any reason and Youkilis could move to 1st.
The White Sox: Youkilis should be willing to come back to the White Sox. He was comfortable hitting for them, and solidifies the club for injury protection at 1B/3B. If Konerko has to DH for a slumping Adam Dunn, you could shift Youk across the diamond.
Youkilis is a battle-tested veteran that carries a ton of playoff experience and knows what it takes to win. Essentially, it is like having another manager out there on the field. Plus when you have him in the same lineup as Adam Dunn, you will wear out opposing pitchers for pitches thrown. This guy always grinds out every at bat like it is his last. He is only 33, so for a 3 year contract, is not out of this world to land a 5-7 Million per year Deal. If he does end up in the NL, I will be happy to see him exit the AL, but that is called respect. If any of these teams makes the playoffs, Youkilis is .306 hitter in 125 AB during the postseason.
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Posted on November 28, 2012, in The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged adam dunn, chase utley, chicago, Chuck Booth. fastest 30 ballgames, cincinnati, jimmr rollins, kevin frandsen, kevin youkilis, paul konerko, reds, ryan howard, todd frazier, twitter @chuckbooth3024, whitesox. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.