Peter Gammons is reporting that the Boston Red Sox and Kevin Youkilis have agreed on a 4 year $40 million deal with an option for a 5th year. Today was the deadline for players to file for arbitration; General Manager Theo Epstein has never gone to arbitration with any player.
Last year Youk, who will be 30 when the season starts, hit .312 with 29 homeruns and 115 RBI's under a deal that paid him $3 million.
This deal seems like Youk took a home town discount, considering that he put up similiar numbers to Mark Teixeira across the board and Teixeira is making $23 million/year for the next 8 years.
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