Rumor: Youkilis choosing between Yanks 1-year, $12M offer and Indians 2-year, $18M offer

Kevin Youkilis is currently weighing the Yankees one-year, $12 million offer against the Cleveland Indians two-year, $18 million offer, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.

As hard as it is to believe that Youkilis might be in Pinstripes next season it does seem like he’s taking the Yankees offer seriously. It an option between more money in one year or more guaranteed money overall. Not an easy choice for an injury prone 34-year-old. However, it isn’t out of the question that even if he deals with a decent amount of injuries he could get $6 million a year from now so the chances that he would lose money signing wiht the Yankees are slim.

That’s not the only thing Youk has to consider. Winning is apparently important for him. In that case the Yankees have a clear edge. The Indians have an outside chance, but they seem to be more in the middle where they could finish the season challenging for a Wild Card spot or could end up in last place.

Then there is also the comfort factor. If he struggles in The Bronx, the media and the fans will jump all over him because, let’s face it, he’s not well liked around these parts. Meanwhile, Cleveland is close to his hometown of Cincinnati and he would get a chance to play for his old manager in Terry Francona.

If Youkilis decides that Cleveland is right for him the Yankees will either have to turn their attention toward Mark Reynolds or explore the trade market. Moving Eduardo Nunez to third or Derek Jeter to third and have Nunez play short is also a possible solution, but the Yankees seem extremely resistant to this so far.

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11 Responses to Rumor: Youkilis choosing between Yanks 1-year, $12M offer and Indians 2-year, $18M offer

  1. clay says:

    Move Tex to 3rd base for 2012. I read he played 3rd base in the minors. If Youk signs, use him at 1st base. If he doesn't sign, I think its easier to find a 1st basemen.

    • roy levine says:

      great idea. With what he is getting not to produce, Tex should be asking Girardi and Cashman for the chance to help the team for a half season.

  2. It is easier to find a 1st baseman, but Teixeira is not moving to third at this point in his career.

    • roy levine says:

      Someone should ask him. We do have around 6 newspapers in the NYC market. I wish a reporter would hunt Tex down. I think that it is a great idea.

  3. klaus says:

    Winning may be important to Youk, but right now, the way things are shaping up I don't see the Yanks as more than a wild-card contender.

    • roy levine says:

      Klaus – right now is not February. Anyway, who scares you in the East? Look how good Boston looked on paper last few years. Buppkes. Scared of Toronto? Tampa? Baltimore? I am not saying that the Yankees have not gotten worse since October. But the AL East is not that hard to win right now. Yes Baltimore gave the Yankees a run for their money last year, but you are looking at how strong teams look on paper.

  4. ollie says:

    If it wasn't for Tex playing Ist base Jeter would be a DH now. You can't move him, he is one of the best!

  5. kay says:

    If they have a weak left side of the infield (A-Rod's fill-in and heaven forbid, Nunez at short), they will need the best fielding first baseman (Tex) to deal with the bad throws from the left side.

  6. roy levine says:

    It was an unbelievable screw up letting Eric Chavez go. I could have lived with a platoon of Chavez and a decent UT guy batting righty. Now Youk. Don't know what he has in the tank.

  7. Keena says:

    If you're lucky enough to have a gold glove first baseman, it's absurd to think about moving him anywhere else. What next, move Cano behind the plate because we need a catcher?

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