Wednesday, February 06, 2008
My buddy, Dave and I thought that we saw Youk cashing out at O'Shea in Vegas. It wasn't him, but Youkilis should be cashing in with the Sox. They should work out a long-term deal.
It benefits both parties – the Sox get cost certainty and Youkilis has the peace of mind knowing that he will never need to hold down a real job. Even though Youk is closing in on the big 30, he should provide a high OBP and be an asset. A three year deal that runs through his arbitration eligible years should work for both parties. Youk would not be giving up any free agency years and the Sox would not feel the need to rush a first baseman through the minors. Based on Adam LaRoche, Youk’s year three and four are worth $8.2M. My guess is that year five works out to $8M, which yields a net present value of $14.5M. At the end of the day, a three-year contract worth $4.75M should get a deal done.
Oh and Theo, thanks for Bobby.