Kevin Youkilis Signs Another One Year Deal
The Red Sox and first baseman Kevin Youkilis came to terms on a one-year, $3 million deal, avoiding a salary arbitration hearing. With the agreement, the Sox have still not gone to arbitration with a player since Epstein took over as general manager following the 2002 season. And that's a testament to Theo's back door leadership and his rapport with the members of the team. So now? We have much the same team as the one that won it all in 2007. One subtraction (Schill) and one addition (Buchholz) to the starting pitching rotation are the most obvious differences. Welcome to contract-land, Kevin. You surely do deserve more than three million bucks. After all, you played the entire year at first base, except for a handful of games, with nary an error. And you'll have rest when you need it this year, with the addition of Sean Casey, a good role playing lefthanded hitter and first baseman ready to enter ANY game at ANY time from the bench.
My Constant Readers, I'll have to postpone the second half of Gordon Edes' "Top 10 Spring Training Questions" for the Red Sox until tomorrow, because of the death of beloved Roy Scheider (see the post directly below). Have a wonderful Monday, and click on the title to link to the entire Amailie Benjamin Boston Globe article about our very own Kevin Youkilis. Soon, yes soon, he'll get the multi-year deal that he deserves. BE WELL. FOREVER. Love ya all!!