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MLB free agency: Kevin Youkilis a top target for Indians?

The Cleveland Indians are believed to be interested in signing free agent Kevin Youkilis to play first base.

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The Cleveland Indians are interested in bringing free agent Kevin Youkilis to Cleveland, according to Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer. Youkilis was traded from the Boston Red Sox to the Chicago White Sox on June 24, 2012 and became a free agent at the end of the season.

Youkilis played primarily at third base for the White Sox, but would be used at first base and as a designated hitter in Cleveland. Last season he hit .235 with 19 home runs, 60 RBIs, and 72 runs during his time with Boston and Chicago. For his career he has a .283 average with 148 home runs and 610 RBIs. Youkilis has appeared in three All-Star games during his career, earning the honor at both first and third base.

The Indians would use Youkilis at first rather than third because they plan on Lonnie Chisenhall playing third base next season. Cleveland drafted Chisenhall in the first round of the 2008 draft and he made his Major League debut in 2011. Last season he hit .268 but missed over two months after breaking his wrist on July 29.

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