Posted December 20, 2013

Report: Kevin Youkilis to sign with Japanese team

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Kevin Youkilis (Brad Mangin/Getty Images)

Kevin Youkilis is a three-time All Star who has a career .861 OPS. (Brad Mangin/Getty Images)

The Rakuten Golden Eagles have been in the news a lot lately, as they are the Japanese team with the rights to star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka.

Now, they’re making news with a big name in American baseball, as they have agreed to a deal with Kevin Youkilis, according to Japanese media outlet Nikkan Sports. Terms of the deal are unknown.

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Youkilis, who won two World Series with Boston, played only 28 games with the Yankees in 2013 because of chronic back problems. He hit .219 with two home runs.

The third baseman, 34, is a career .281 hitter with 150 home runs and 618 RBIs in 10 big league seasons.

Rakuten lost third baseman Casey McGehee, who recently signed with the Marlins.

The Yankees had shown interest in Youkilis this winter, but he reportedly wanted to be closer to his home on the West Coast.

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15 comments
AnthonyP5500
AnthonyP5500

I don't get why more minor league players don't go play in Japan.  It's a triple/double A league that pays major league dollars . . . well not quite, but you'll certainly be making more money than toiling away in obscurity in the US.  Travel, have some fun, bank some dough, and if you play well, with global scouting these days, its not like you'll get ignored by major league scouts.

ineedataxi
ineedataxi

He should get tips from ROD Allen on how to charge the mound

UnishowponyWherebeef
UnishowponyWherebeef

Oh how the mighty have fallen...


From bumming weed off my brother-in-law to playing for the saki-league.


I wish him luck in any case.

MrArlington
MrArlington

This is the point in his career that the Yankee's normally sign him to a long term deal.

Kalzy
Kalzy

Japan is closer to the bay area than New York?  The Youk needs to mix in a geography class.

btcvsolo
btcvsolo

Can't blame him....


Japanese girls are FUN! 

AlainLapointe
AlainLapointe

Bobby Valentine has a big smile on his face reading this !!

ScottSmith
ScottSmith

Still had some pop in his bat. I'm kinda surprised


William27
William27

he wanted to be closed to the west coast so he went to japan ??????????????


William27
William27

yanks should have signed Casey McGehee instead of youk for 2013

he was a massive waste of $13 million

what an insane asylum MLB is.

x72
x72

Da Youuuuuuka

oasis1994
oasis1994

@William27 

That is what I said, but I said the Red Sox should have and traded MIddlebrooks (Sox fan and I do not like Middlebrooks).


The Marlins signed him and I really think when the Marlins fall out of the playoff picture that McGehee will become a great trading piece.