The Red Sox have agreed to terms with first baseman Kevin Youkilis, and so an arbitration hearing will be avoided. Youkilis will finally cash in, earning $3 million in 2008. This may not seem like all that much when compared to the salaries of star players, but remember, Youkilis made only $424,500 last season.
Youkilis is under arbitration with the Red Sox through 2010. At age 28, he won a Gold Glove at first base last year. And on the offensive side he posted an OPS of 843. That OPS was second best among American League first basemen, behind only Carlos Pena. Youkilis' AVG, home run totals and OPS have gone up every year in the majors, his OPS increasing last year by .033.