The White Sox on Tuesday declined their $13 million option on Kevin Youkilis, making the former Red Sox third baseman a free agent.
So ... Youk is available.
And the Red Sox need a first baseman.
And Bobby Valentine, who butted heads with Youk, is gone.
So ... should the Red Sox look into bringing him back? On paper, it seems to make some sense. As our Jeremy Lundblad noted earlier this month, the pickings are slim when it comes to available free agents.
As to whether the Sox -- or Youkilis -- would consider such a scenario after the team dealt him away in the middle of last season ... well, that's an entirely different conversation. A source told ESPNBoston.com that possibility had not been raised by either party as of Wednesday morning.
Youkilis batted .236 with 15 home runs, 46 RBIs and 47 runs scored in 80 games with the White Sox last season. He was acquired from the Red Sox along with cash considerations in exchange for infielder/outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-handed pitcher Zach Stewart on June 24.
White Sox GM Rick Hahn has said he’d like to have Youkilis back, though obviously at a price lower than the $13 million he was due to make if the team picked up his option.
"We are going to stay in touch and hopefully work something out at some point," Hahn said.
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