The New York Yankees have not made any contact with the agent of Kevin Youkilis to talk about a potential return for the free-agent corner infielder. This is not a surprising turn of events because of the year that Youk had with the Yanks — essentially a wash of a season, which he spent most of on the disabled list with a balky back.
Youkilis only appeared in 28 games for the Yankees in 2013, hitting .219 with two home runs and eight RBIs, and those should be the last offensive numbers he compiles in pinstripes. This being said, it is pretty obvious that he will not have a Yankeeography made about him, and won’t have a chance to improve his view in fans’ eyes.
Even though the Yankees will probably have a hole at third base in 2014 because of the Alex Rodriguez saga, and not much farm-system depth at that position, Youkilis still isn’t the answer. The Yanks have been linked to the San Diego Padres‘ Chase Headley, who could be a long-term answer for them at the hot corner, but that deal hasn’t materialized as of yet, and may never happen.
The Yankees also had a cheaper replacement for Youk, who plays the same positions as he does and hits for more power — Mark Reynolds. He could actually be the stopgap answer in 2014. Reynolds is also a free agent, but should be much higher on the list for a possible return than Youkilis.