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12/21/2013 — Leave a comment

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Former Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis will play next season in Japan according to Nikkan Sports.Youkilis, 34, has agreed to a one-year deal with the Rakuten Golden Eagles. He will earn a $4 million salary with $1 million available in incentives.

Youkilis played parts of nine seasons for the Red Sox, hitting .287 with 133 home runs. He was a three-time All-Star and appeared in 29 postseason games. He was a Gold Glove winner at first base in 2007, helping the Red Sox to the World Series title. He broke in during the 2004 season, appearing in 72 regular-season games but not in the World Series.

In April of 2012, former Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said during a television interview that Youkilis was not “as physically or emotionally into the game” as he once was. Valentine was forced to apologize to Youkilis.

The oft-injured Youkilis was traded to the White Sox on June 24, 2012, after the Red Sox elected to start Will Middlebrooks at third base.

Youkilis signed a one-year, $13 million deal as a free agent with the Yankees for the 2013 season but was limited to 28 games because of injuries.

Joe Bick, Youkilis’ agent, told ESPN that his client had opportunities in the majors but decided to take his family —to Japan.

Youkilis’ wife, Julie, is one of Tom Brady‘s sisters. He has two children.

Youkilis is a career .281 hitter in the majors with a .382 on-base percentage that ranks 155th all-time.

Since the start of the 2012 season, Youkilis has hit .232 with a .726 OPS.


20-foot high ramp to be built on field

BOSTON —This year’s Frozen Fenway winter sports festival will include a sledding and tubing ramp for the first time.

The 20-foot high ramp will be located in the shadow of Fenway Park‘s Green Monster left field wall and will feature five separate 75-foot runs ending at the Red Sox bullpen.

The “Monster Sled” ramp will be available for hourly rentals for groups of up 100 people. Sleds and tubes will be provided for free. The ramp is being built by Scarborough, Maine company StackBox Structures.

The 17-day Frozen Fenway festival runs from Dec. 28 through Jan. 13.

The event features 16 college and high school hockey games on a temporary rink set up on the field, as well as a pair of community skates.