Seriously, an item on Kevin Youkilis?
Yep. That’s where these winter meetings are at, here on midday Tuesday. Which… isn’t exactly why I’ve shut the rest of my life off for these three or four days, but that’s alright. I’m at least not like the many, many other fans getting stupidly antsy about why the Jays haven’t done anything yet, as though they can– or should– force the issue, or as though last year’s Marlins deal was supposed to have been a template for what happened this week– while, apparently, the long-dragging Dickey saga was not.
Anyway, I hadn’t thought a whole lot of Kevin Youkilis– late, of course, of the Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox, and New York Yankees– before he was brought up as a possible platoon partner for Adam Lind in a piece this week by Chris Toman at Gamereax.
He explained, somewhat cautiously:
Youkilis’ 2013 year was so brief — he only played 29 games and made 119 plate appearances — that it’s almost not worth assessing. The season was a write off for him and he didn’t play a game past mid-June after a herniated disk forced him to go under the knife. His ugly year looked like this: .219/.305/.343, .290 wOBA, 78 wRC+ (it was -19 against southpaws).
There’s a lot not to like here, such as his age, injury history, decline, and the Rogers Centre turf. Those were the same concerns associated with DeRosa, though, and that relationship worked out pretty well for the Blue Jays. Youkilis suffered through an injury-plagued 2013 season with the Yankees but has a good track record at the plate, including a strong ability to get on base. The Blue Jays could do better, especially when factoring in the level of risk attached to signing Youkilis, but there’s also potential for reward.
Fair enough points, though clearly the risk is a major factor, as would the fact that, by making a move for the husk of the former Greek God of Walks, the club would make it a lot harder to find themselves a platoon partner for Ryan Goins– which, if they’re seriously going to try to carry his bat (and they shouldn’t), is an absolute necessity.
Ahhh, but it’s all for not, as Nick Cafardo tweets that Youk is starting to draw interest, while Jack Curry adds– both via MLBTR– that he’s told the Yankees that he’d rather play on the west coast. Awww, too bad! But not really.
So… there’s that.