Kevin Youkilis 3B NYY 8 Months

Nikkan Sports has reported that Kevin Youkilis has signed a contract with Japan's Rakuten Golden Eagles.

WEEI.com's Alex Speier has confirmed the report. Youkilis' OPS has dropped for three straight seasons all the way down to .648 in 2013, when he was limited to just 28 games due to injury. Still, it's a bit surprising that no major league team was willing to give him a shot. The 34-year-old is coming off of June back surgery but should be healthy by now.

Kevin Youkilis 3B NYY 9 Months

The Rays are interested in Kevin Youkilis, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.

Youkilis fits what the Rays are looking for as a player on the rebound, Topkin continued. The 34-year-old played in just 28 games this past season, batting .219/.305/.343. Youkilis is said to want to play close to his California home, so it's unclear how open he might be to the Rays' advances.

Kevin Youkilis 3B NYY 9 Months

Per Jack Curry of the YES Network, Yankees GM Brian Cashman called the agent of Kevin Youkilis to gauge interest, but was told the free agent wants to play near his home in California.

Youkilis suffered from a herniated disk during the 2013 season, eventually undergoing surgery in June. He appeared in only 28 games and mustered a .648 OPS. As Youkilis turns 35 years old in March, he is playing out the back nine of his career and understandably wants to be closer to his family.

Kevin Youkilis 3B NYY 9 Months

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that Kevin Youkilis is beginning to draw interest as a "lower cost" corner infield option.

Youkilis was limited to just 28 games with the Yankees this past season due to surgery to repair a bulging disk in his back, but he's interested in continuing his playing career. He turns 35 in March and figures to land somewhere on a one-year deal.

Kevin Youkilis 3B NYY 9 Months

Per ESPN's Buster Olney, free agent Kevin Youkilis would like to continue his playing career in 2014.

Olney also says he expects some clarity on the Youkilis market within the next couple of days. Youkilis, who will be 35 years old on Opening Day, only managed to get into 28 games with the Yankees this season as he was bothered by a bulging disk in his back. He had surgery in June, ending his summer with a career-low .648 OPS.

Kevin Youkilis 3B NYY 10 Months

Kevin Youkilis' (back) agent, Joe Bick, said that there is a "pretty good chance" his client would have been ready to play had the Yankees reached the playoffs.

An impending free agent, Youkilis had surgery in mid-June to repair a herniated disc in his back, but he's apparently back to 100 percent. "He's fine," said Bick. "Had the Yankees made it to the postseason, there's a pretty good chance he would've been ready to play. He shouldn't have any issues whatsoever going forward. It's a normal off-season; just try to figure out where he's playing." Bick added that he hasn't had any conversations with the Yankees about Youkilis possibly re-signing.

Kevin Youkilis 3B NYY 12 Months

Kevin Youkilis (back) hit off a tee and took soft-toss Friday.

Youkilis was cleared to begin swinging a bat this week and he'll now continue his rehab at the Yankees' spring training complex. Out since mid-June following surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back, Youk is hoping to return for the final week of the season.

Kevin Youkilis 3B NYY 12 Months

Kevin Youkilis (back) has begun to take dry swings.

It's nice to hear, but he's not close to returning. In fact, when discussing Youkilis and fellow injured players Travis Hafner (shoulder) and Zoilo Almonte (ankle), Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Youk "is probably the least probable of the three" to return. He's been out since mid-June following surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back.

Kevin Youkilis 3B NYY Aug 12 '13

Kevin Youkilis (back) said Sunday that he has not ruled out returning to the Yankees this season.

Youkilis underwent surgery in mid-June to repair a herniated disc. "The thing about the back is, there's no timetables - the surgery, it's different for everybody in different ways," the veteran third baseman said. "We hope we can play this year but you have to go through all the progressions first and that's what I'm doing."

Kevin Youkilis 3B NYY Jul 07 '13

Yankees transferred INF Kevin Youkilis from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

It's a procedural move made in order to add Travis Ishikawa to the roster. Youkilis is hoping to return late in the season from back surgery.