Kevin Youkilis Is Popular, But Maybe Not With Boston

Rob Grabowski-US PRESSWIRE

The Red Sox need a first baseman, but at this point, it doesn't seem as if it will be Kevin Youkilis

The Red Sox need a first baseman this off-season, whether it comes from within or outside of the organization. It made sense for Kevin Youkilis, who was traded away from Boston to the White Sox this past season, to be one of the potential candidates for the position. That might not be the case, though, as Jon Morosi of FOX Sports is reporting that quite a few teams are intrigued by Youkilis, but not a one of them plays their home games at Fenway.

The Indians, Phillies and Dodgers are looking to upgrade their production at third base and have shown preliminary interest in Youkilis, according to major-league sources. The Mariners and Marlins - the majors' two worst teams this year in first-base production - have checked in on Youkilis, as well.

Youkilis made sense for Boston on a one-year deal, for between $8 million to $10 million, but signing him for just the one year was an idea at least in part predicated on him not having better options to choose from. With five other teams talking to him, there's a very good chance Youkilis might be offered a two-year deal by at least one of them, or a heftier single-season price than that. He's not as intriguing for the Red Sox if he's going to be expensive, since signing him in general should be considered a risky move, given his decline and notable injury issues.

Of course, the Red Sox might also not be talking to Youkilis yet because they're locked in on Mike Napoli to play first, or perhaps Youkilis only interests them if he sticks around on the market long enough to be a worthwhile risk, like Cody Ross was a year ago. Or maybe they aren't interested at all! Free agency is fun like that -- it's hard to know just what teams have in mind, especially one like Boston, where nearly every free agent out there has been or will be linked given the Red Sox' considerable financial flexibility, their current roster holes, and the normal winter act of pretending you want a player in order to drive up the price for competitors.

[Update 12:18 pm] Morosi added on to the five teams listed, giving a sixth interested in bringing Youkilis on board:

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Over the Monster

You must be a member of Over the Monster to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Over the Monster. You should read them.

Join Over the Monster

You must be a member of Over the Monster to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Over the Monster. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker