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MLB free agency: Indians interested in Jason Bay, negotiating with Kevin Youkilis

Terry Francona, Jason Bay and Kevin Youkilis could be reunited in Cleveland, as the Indians are interested in signing both Bay and Youkilis.

Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

With former Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona now at the helm, it comes as no surprise that the Cleveland Indians are interested in two of his former players -- outfielder Jason Bay and infielder Kevin Youkilis.

Per the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Indians are looking into signing Bay, who was made a free agent by the Mets. New York decided to work out a settlement with Bay and cut ties with the injured and maligned outfielder -- something that was seen as in the best interest of both parties.

Bay was one of the most disappointing free agent signings in Mets history, hitting just .234/.318/.369 with 26 home runs over three seasons. Bay made over $42 million dollars in the first three years of his contract with New York.

It was reported on Tuesday that the Indians are on the list of teams that Bay is considering signing with.

The Plain Dealer also reported that the Indians are still negotiating with Youkilis, who spent half of the 2012 season with the Boston Red Sox before being traded to the Chicago White Sox. Youkilis had arguably the worst year of his career in 2012, hitting just .235/.336/.409 between Boston and Chicago.

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