Despite what someone may have said in their last article (it was me), the Cleveland Indians may not have given up on Kevin Youkilis. Cleveland is close to finalizing a deal with Mark Reynolds, and Reynolds is expected to be the Indians' everyday starting first baseman. However, Cleveland still has interest in Youkilis.
According to Buster Olney, the Indians are not out on Youkilis.
Even with the signing of Mark Reynolds, the Indians aren't completely out on Kevin Youkilis -- but it makes the fit less clear.In a weak third base market this offseason, Youkilis and Reynolds were two of the top free agent targets. The Indians may be going after both of them. Youkilis was traded to the Chicago White Sox last season after spending his entire career with the Boston Red Sox. He hit better in the 80 games he played for the White Sox. This, of course, sparked renewed interest in the 33 year old infielder.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 10, 2012
Youkilis was once one of the Red Sox' prized possessions. His ability to get on base was a big reason why the team had drafted him in the first place. Youkilis is a three-time All-Star and has a career .283/.384/.482 line.
Youkilis hit the disabled list in May of last year with a troublesome back. He was diagnosed with a lower back strain and spent a good chunk of time on the DL. In total, Youkilis played just 122 games last season. It was more than his previous two seasons, but far less than his peak years.