With Terry Francona coming aboard to manage the Cleveland Indians, it appears that the long-time Boston Red Sox manager could be reunited with his long-time third baseman in veteran Kevin Youkilis.
CBS Sports’ John Heyman reports that, while the Chicago White Sox would like to resign their mid-season acquisition1, some throughout the league feel that the Indians could swoop in and sign the 33-year-old.
“Francona and Youkilis always had a very close relationship, so that could give them one edge,” writes Heyman.
The Indians continue to need a right-handed bat as well as veteran leadership that can also produce, but former first-round pick Lonnie Chisnehall appears to be in line to be the team’s full-time third baseman.
Though turning things up once landing in Chicago (.771 OPS), Youkilis hit .235 with 19 home runs and 60 RBI, resulting in his worst season in his nine years the majors.
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- Just not at the $13 million his club option would require [↩]