First baseman Youkilis, Red Sox agree to 1-year, $3M deal

Updated: February 10, 2008, 10:46 PM ET
Associated Press

Kevin Youkilis


BOSTON -- First baseman Kevin Youkilis and the Boston Red Sox agreed Sunday to a $3 million, one-year contract, avoiding a salary arbitration hearing.

Youkilis had filed for $3.7 million and the Red Sox for $2,525,000 when the sides exchanged proposed salaries in arbitration last month. He made $424,500 last season, when he hit .288 with 16 homers and 83 RBIs.

Boston had previously reached agreements with its other two players in arbitration, pitchers Javier Lopez ($840,000) and Kyle Snyder ($835,000).

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