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.