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Red Sox, Youkilis agree to deal

Updated: January 16, 2009, 2:38 PM ET
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The Red Sox locked up another of their young stars to a long-term deal Thursday.

Boston avoided arbitration with Kevin Youkilis, agreeing to a four-year contract with the first baseman worth more than $40 million. The deal includes an option for a fifth year.

The deal announced Friday includes Youkilis' last two years of arbitration eligibility and delays his chance to become a free agent by two years.

Youkilis, 29, enjoyed a breakout season in 2008, hitting .312 with 29 home ...

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