The Yankees needed some additional right-handed punch in the lineup and some depth at the corner infield positions. The Yankees had a limited off-season budget to sign outside free agents. After striking out on Mark Reynolds (no pun intended) the Yankees settled on a former tormenter of their pitching staff. Someone who has a career .300 average against them. The Greek God of walks himself, Kevin Youkilis. Youkilis was coming off an injury plagued season, one which saw him change Sox. The result? An injury plagued season in pinstripes. Lets’ relive Youk’s brief 2013.
2013 stats: .219/.305/.343 two homeruns eight RBI in just 28 games
2013 game of the year: Not a lot to choose from so we are going with April 12 against Baltimore. In the Yankees 5-2 win, Youkilis went 3-3 with a walk, a run and an RBI.
2014 Outlook: Youkilis is apparently healthy according to his agent Joe Bick. If the Yankees had made it to the postseason, according to his agent, Youkilis could’ve played. Should the Yankees be interested? To me they should as long as it is for much, MUCH, less than the $12 million he made last season, or even an incentive laden deal. Do the Yankees need another old guy? No, not really. However, if he comes cheap, or if let’s say he falls into their lap after other corner guys sign elsewhere, why not take a chance on the cheap for him. Granted he hasn’t played more than 90 games in three years, but depth is important, especially since we don’t know what’s going on with a certain other third baseman.