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December 6, 2012

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Youk in Pinstripes?

Less than a year after being traded from the Red Sox to the White Sox, Kevin Youkilis could become a member of the New York Yankees.

On Thursday the Yankees offered the former Sox all star a one year contract worth $12 million. Youkilis has also reportedly received a multi-year offer from the Indians to rejoin Terry Francona.

The Yankees would want Youkilis to play third base with the impending Alex Rodriguez hip surgery. Believe it or not, Red Sox fans should welcome this move. Youkilis is clearly passed his prime, and at age 33 is not a viable third basemen. The two time World Series champions’ durability has also come into question in recent years.

The offer is actually a bit curious on the Yankees part as Youkilis may not have a whole lot to offer the Yankees as a third baseman at this stage in his career.

No Intent

Rumors have been swirling around the MLB winter meetings this week that the Red Sox were looking to trade Jacoby Ellsbury with the recent signing of Shane Victorino.

Whether those rumors are true or not Ben Cherington said that the team has “no intention” of trading the All Star center fielder.

The Red Sox also reportedly met with Josh Hamilton at the Winter Meetings this week making the Ellsbury trade rumors seem even more credible.

Old coach comes back

The University of Wisconsin football team received a very pleasant surprise on Wednesday.

After Bret Bielema, who coached Wisconsin for the 2012 regular season, unexpectedly jumped ship after the Big 10 championship game to become the head coach at the University of Arkansas the Badgers were thought to be left without a coach for their Rose Bowl tilt with Stanford next month.

But former head coach Barry Alvarez, a legend at the University of Wisconsin who won 118 games and three Rose Bowls with Wisconsin from 1990-2005, stepped in to take Bielema’s place for one game. Alvarez will be going for his fourth Rose Bowl with the school on January 1 against Stanford.

The Badgers are big underdogs in the Rose Bowl.

-Compiled by Nick Curcuru

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