Kevin Youkilis unlikely to return to Yankees

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The corner infielder missed most of 2013 with a back injury, but is reportedly healthy as he enters free agency again.

Soon-to-be free agent Kevin Youkilis has not had any discussions with the New York Yankees about a return to the bronx, reports the New York Daily News.

The Yankees signed Youkilis in the offseason to replace Alex Rodriguez for the first half of the season at third base with Rodriguez coming off offseason hip surgery. However, back injuries allowed Youkilis to play in just 28 games before surgery on a herniated disc wound up ending his season.

Had New York made the playoffs, Youkilis would have been healthy enough to play said Joe Bick, Youkilis' agent.

Added Bick: "He shouldn’t have any issues whatsoever going forward. It’s a normal off-season; just try to figure out where he’s playing."

Youkilis signed a one year deal worth $12 million with the Yankees and hit .219/.305/.343 for the brief time he was healthy. In 2012, he posted a 745 OPS between the Red Sox and White Sox. Whether a team is willing to take a chance on him as a starter again remains to be seen.

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