Former Boston Red Sox 1B and Chicago White Sox slugger Kevin Youkilis is hardly hitting free agency the way he wants to. The one-time powerhouse at the plate hit just .235 last season with 60 RBI’s. Hardly break-the-bank numbers.
But, it is what it is, and Youk is lucky that the free agent market is weak. He’s also lucky that he plays 3B and 1B so that makes him even more attractive to potential suitors. And potential suitors he has, according to Jon Paul Morosi of Foxsports.com.
Sources tell Morosi that Youkilis is garnering interest from the likes of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies and Cleveland Indians. The Marlins and Mariners have also reportedly kicked his tires a bit
The Phillies would seem to have the inside track if they really want him. They really could use some kind of third base production as Placido Polanco has been awful and gets hurt all the time. They also probably have the most spending power. The Dodgers already have a bloated payroll, while the Phillies have some contracts coming off of the books. Also, they traded Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence during the season, so that cut their budget a bit too.
It will be interesting to see what Youkilis gets in free agent money. He’s 33-years old and had a down year last year. But, he’s still a better option than what some of these teams are throwing out there right now.