Friday, December 7, 2012
The Yankees know their biggest competition for the services of free agent corner infielder Kevin Youkilis is the Cleveland Indians. Youkilis is a native of Ohio and played at the U. of Cincinnati to boot. Whether that has an impact on his final decision remains to be seen.
The Yankees offered Youkilis a one year, $12MM deal; the Indians have reportedly countered with a two year deal rumored to be in the $16MM - $18MM range.
Youkilis has to weigh out the money vs. playing for a team that is a perennial contending or a team that seems to be in a constant state of flux for the last decade.