Youkilis settles before arbitration

For those of you who were worried, it’s a done deal now. Kevin Youkilis has agreed to a one-year, $3M deal with the Red Sox for 2008. Theo Epstein has never gone to arbitration with a Red Sox player, and he’s not about to start now. Even though the salaries were kind of far apart initially, the final number seems to signal that there was no ill will in the negotiations, though they took some time.

On another note, the equipment truck has been loaded up here at Fenway, and it is on the way to Fort Myers, where pitchers and catchers will report this week, minus one Curt Schilling. The anticipation might kill me.

As to whether the Sox will try to acquire another pitcher, I think it’s quite possible. But I don’t see them going for Joe Blanton or anything. Maybe some grizzled veteran who would cost just a couple of million and could fall flat on his face without costing a prospect.


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