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Kevin Youkilis to play in Japan


Kevin Youkilis has agreed to terms with the Rakuten Golden Eagles. Youkilis is a righty, and he likely isn't a starter at this point in his career, so he wouldn't have been much use to the Pirates, except perhaps as a bench option. But that's another first baseman off the ever-shrinking market. Other than Kendrys Morales, Youkilis might have been the best player left on the free-agent market, which is really saying something.