Thursday Jan. 15, 2009
BOSTON (AP) -- The Red Sox and infielder Kevin Youkilis have agreed to a four-year contract, a baseball official tells The Associated Press.
The deal would reportedly guarantee Youkilis about $41 million, with a $13 million club option for 2013 with a $1 million buyout. The official, who asked not to be identified because the deal had not been announced, said Thursday the financial terms first reported by ESPN.com were pretty close.
The deal buys out Youkilis' last two years of arbitration eligibility and delays his chance to become a free agent by two years.
Youkilis finished third in AL MVP voting last season, behind Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia and Minnesota first baseman Justin Morneau.
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