Don’t Be So Sure About Youkilis

I'm just not that into you, Kev

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod and was originally posted on Thursday morning)

The Winter Meetings will basically be over this afternoon after the Rule 5 Draft is complete (they are), and it’s becoming more and more likely that the Yankees will leave the meetings without addressing any of their open lineup holes (they did).  They’ve been connected to a ton of players, and lost out on most of the ones in which they had interest just as quickly as they were connected.  Third base continues to be the biggest area of activity for the Yankees, and after the events that took place yesterday, the Yanks are down to 2 real “good” option as a temporary starter in Alex Rodriguez‘s absence: Kevin Youkilis and Mark Reynolds.

I get the sense that Youkilis is not only the bigger target for the Yankees right now, but also more of the fan and writer favorite, mainly due to his peak being higher than Reynolds’ and his overall offensive production being better and more well-rounded.  While I won’t disagree with either of those facts, I also won’t come right out and say I think Youkilis is the better option.  If you look closer, there are reasons to be wary about him.

First off, let’s just get this out of the way right now.  It has nothing to due with the fact that he’s an ex-Fraud Sawck.  I root for laundry (except when it comes to Big Sloppi) and really couldn’t care less that Youkilis used to play for the team I hate.  If you’re one of those people who doesn’t want him because of that, or worries about how he and Joba are going to get along in the clubhouse, please just stop reading this post, take your Yankee stuff off, put it in the back of a closet somewhere, and pull out a coloring book because you’re clearly too stupid to be a baseball fan.

The reason I don’t want Youkilis is that the decline he’s experienced over the past 3 seasons has been even more dramatic than A-Rod’s and he’s had just as many problems staying healthy as A-Rod has.  Rodriguez has played 358 regular season games in the last 3 years (2010-2012); Youkilis has played 344.  Rodriguez has lost 59 points off his wOBA in the last 3 years and 28 off his wRC+; Youkilis has lost 85 and 45.  Youkilis isn’t as far removed from his heyday as A-Rod is, but he seems to be deteriorating just as quickly as a player at 5 years younger.  He strikes out more than he used to, walks less, hits for less power, and his defensive skills at third have taken a hit because of all the injuries.

My concern is that if the Yankees were to sign Youkilis, they’d essentially be paying for 1 year of a less expensive version of A-Rod.  With the situation the rest of their lineup is in, I question the logic in thinking that move makes the team better.  The Yankees need to get younger, need to get more dynamic, and need to get more flexibility in their roster makeup.  They need to get better as part of the process, and Youkilis WAS the better player, but there’s just nothing about him right now that makes the Yankees any of those things.  He’s going to command more money on a 1-year deal because of his track record, and the Yankees have been down that road before.  They don’t need to make that mistake with Youkilis.

About Brad Vietrogoski

Born in Dover, Delaware and raised in Danbury, Connecticut, Brad now resides in Wisconsin, where he regularly goes out of his way to remind Brewers fans that their team will never be as good as the Yankees. When he’s not writing for IIATMS, he likes to spend his time incorporating “Seinfeld” quotes into everyday conversation, critiquing WWE storylines, and drinking enough beer to be good at darts.

7 thoughts on “Don’t Be So Sure About Youkilis

  1. I agree 100% for all the stated reasons. The only problem I have is the great strides you make to call people “too stupid” to……

    Calling people names from the protection of, wherever you blog from, has been identified as cowardice for at least 15 years….or, ever since discussions about sports have drifted away from saloons…to computer keyboards.

    There is never a reason to call people names on an internet blog. Tell people who disagree with you to meet you somewhere and then tell them how stupid they are to their face.

    Other than that, we don’t need to spend 12 mil on a guy on a steep a decline as Youk is.

    • Comment was meant to be tongue-in-cheek, friend. Solely tongue-in-cheek. Certainly not looking to antagonize or start fights with people I don’t know over the internet.

      • And that too is a major problem with written type…its sometimes tricky knowing when someone is being bold or tongue in cheek…so, my bad.

        A couple of weeks ago, right here, I wrote some TIC stuff and someone bit my head off…heheh but a couple of other readers commented that they understood my sarcasm.

        So, again, sorry to BV for not understanding.

      • pull out a coloring book because you’re clearly too stupid to be a baseball fan.

        Based on some of the comments I see on various baseball blogs no one is too stupid to be a baseball fan.

  2. Youkilis is clearly not worth the 12-15 million it would take to sign him, and honestly I think he wants to play for Francona again anyway, but Reynolds is simply not a 3B. I’m not the biggest fan of UZR but a career UZR/150 mark of -11.5 shows exactly why Baltimore wanted no part of Reynolds at the hot corner, and an eye test would only lead you to believe he’s worse than that. Furthermore he’s gotten so bad at actually making contact with the ball that he isn’t making up for his poor defense at the position anymore either.


    So about the best you can hope for is an OBP of .330 and a SLG% of .483, though it seems more likely you’ll end up with a player with a .320 OBP and .430 SLG% playing possibly the worst 3B in baseball. Even on a 1 year 7 million dollar deal he’s not worth the signing.

    At this point I’d just rather see the Yankees platoon Nunez and Jack Hannahan at 3B and hope Alex comes back hot in June. Hannahan isn’t going to blow anyone away with his bat but he’ll play competent 3B and at least make the pitchers feel better about who’s behind them.

  3. Why don’t the Yanks sign Jack Hannahan? What the hell was Scott Brosius before he signed with the Yanks? I’m not saying Hannahan will pull out a 1998 Brosius, but I’d be thrilled with a 1999, 2000, or even 2001 Brosius from him.