Re-Sign or Let Him Walk: Kevin Youkilis
Still to this day, it’s hard to imagine Kevin Youkilis playing in pinstripes as a member of the New York Yankees. In sort of a surprise move, Youkilis signed with the Yankees on a one-year, $12 million last winter as a fill-in for Alex Rodriguez at third base while he recovered from the hip surgery that the Yanks knew would keep him out for at least half the year.
Like a lot of players, the Yankees signed him knowing that injuries had been a concern over his career, and they still took the risk anyway. Unfortunately, as fate would have it, Youkilis only played in 28 games for the Bombers in 2013 because of chronic back problems that eventually led him to the operation table in June. He missed the rest of the season, and is presumably heading into free-agency with the Yankees not being one of the teams looking to sign him.
During his time on the field, as brief as it was, Youkilis didn’t play much like the $12 million player that the Yankees made him. He was hitting a very sluggish .219 with only 2 home runs and 8 RBIs before going down for the year.
In the field, he made it worth the Yankees’ while to have him. Being able to not only play third base while A-Rod was out, but also being able to play first base while they waited for Mark Teixeira to recover from a wrist injury helped the team through the first month.
Decision: You have to let him walk. They paid him $12 million for 28 games, and there’s no way that the Yankees are willing to go through that again. They already knew injuries were a possibility, and the gamble didn’t pay off. No matter where Youkilis signs this offseason, it’ll still be hard to not see him as a member of the Boston Red Sox. Adding more the the decision, I couldn’t stand seeing Youkilis without his beard, and I think it would be better for him it he went somewhere were not shaving is permitted.
Comment below, or let me know on Twitter (@GavinEwbank2013) whether the Yankees should re-sign Kevin Youkilis, or let him walk.