Former All-Star Youkilis headed to Japan –report


LOS ANGELES: Former All-Star third baseman Kevin Youkilis, a free agent after an injury-plagued 2013 season with the New York Yankees, is reportedly heading to Japan to join the Rakuten Golden Eagles. Youkilis’ agent, Joe Bick, confirmed the one-year deal for 2014 to on Friday, saying the move was “a life experience that was too good to pass up.” Youkilis, 34, was limited by back trouble to just 28 games and hit a career-low .219 with two home runs and eight runs batted in in 2013. He didn’t play after June 13, undergoing a surgical procedure to repair a herniated disc in his spine.


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