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Monday, November 05, 2012

Minihane: Bringing back Kevin Youkilis would be mistake for Red Sox

I just started wearing my YOOFS t-shirt…I ain’t going back to my YOOK one!

Youkilis will be 34 years old on Opening Day. He has been on the disabled list at least once in each of the last four seasons and hasn’t played 130 games since 2009. His least productive season as a major-league regular was in 2012, with career lows in batting average, on-base percentage and OPS. His 2012 numbers were down markedly from his 2011 numbers, and those were his worst in six years.

...Bringing back Kevin Youkilis would be a mistake. Not a fatal one as one-year bridge, but a mistake nevertheless. He was a superb player with the Sox for the great majority of his career—back-to-back top six MVP finishes in 2008-09, a career .388 on-base percentage—but that player is gone. If the Sox sign Youkilis you’ll get to watch a player in his mid-30’s continue to decline until the inevitable injuries put him on the disabled list. There’s just no upside there anymore. Nostalgia won’t turn the 2013 Kevin Youkilis into the 2008 Kevin Youkilis.

The solution? Well, James Loney had an OPS of .630 last season, .574 in 30 games for the Sox. Do you want to trade for Kendry Morales, or invest huge money in Mike Napoli or Nick Swisher? If I’m Cherington I think I’d find a serviceable veteran for short money and take my chances with Jerry Sands, who has hit 35, 29 and 26 homers in each of his last three minor-league seasons. This team isn’t going to win the World Series next season and there is no perfect free-agent fit. Put it another way: I don’t know who or what the answer is for the Sox at first base in 2013.

But I know it’s not Kevin Youkilis.

Repoz Posted: November 05, 2012 at 05:39 AM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Smiling Joe Hesketh Posted: November 05, 2012 at 09:35 AM (#4293140)
Good thing they're not considering it then, eh?
   2. The Kinder, Gentler Ray (RDP) Posted: November 05, 2012 at 11:00 AM (#4293252)
IT WOULD BE A MISTAKE TO SIGN ROGER CLEMENS.
   3. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: November 05, 2012 at 11:11 AM (#4293260)
The Phils' fans will gladly take KY, then. With the dreck that played 3B last year, with Kevin Frandsen being the best of the lot**, KY looks really, really good.

** The rotting carcass of Placido Polanco, Ty Wigginton, Michael "MiniMart" Martinez, Mike Fontenot, among others.
   4. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 05, 2012 at 11:25 AM (#4293273)
What about bringing back Brent Lillibridge??????
   5. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: November 05, 2012 at 11:43 AM (#4293292)
IT WOULD BE A MISTAKE TO SIGN ROGER CLEMENS
, MR. PRESIDENT
   6. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: November 05, 2012 at 12:27 PM (#4293356)
Good thing they're not considering it then, eh?


Is this known?
   7. John Northey Posted: November 05, 2012 at 03:18 PM (#4293568)
Just was thinking about guys who played 3B but kept getting hurt and the first name coming to mind was Paul Molitor. At 33 he was known for injuries. Then Milwaukee put him at DH and he suddenly was healthy and made the HOF. Youkilis isn't at that level (a few hundred hits shy), but his lifetime OPS+ at this point is higher than Molly's was at the same age. I wonder if someone put him in at DH and just let him play the field for 10-20 games a year if he might suddenly be a healthy regular contributor?
   8. Jacob Posted: November 05, 2012 at 03:20 PM (#4293571)
He'll have to take steroids like Molitor did.
   9. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: November 06, 2012 at 12:19 PM (#4294501)
He'll have to take steroids like Molitor did.


And copious amounts of cocaine. Good god, that would be a frightening site, a coked up, sweaty (of course) Youkilis charging at the helpless SS trying to turn the double play. Guarantee Capt. Dreamy Eyes himself doesn't complete that play.
   10. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: November 06, 2012 at 02:15 PM (#4294705)
Just was thinking about guys who played 3B but kept getting hurt and the first name coming to mind was Paul Molitor. At 33 he was known for injuries. Then Milwaukee put him at DH and he suddenly was healthy and made the HOF.

Edgar Martinez too, although he probably won't make the HOF. They put him at DH after two injury-plagued seasons and he proceeded to rattle off 7 years of 164 OPS+ averaging 146 games per season.

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