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Youkilis heading to Japan

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NEW YORK -- Kevin Youkilis is leaving the major leagues after an injury-plagued season and is heading to Japan.

The three-time All-Star has agreed to a one-year contract with the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan's Pacific League, agent Joe Bick said Friday.

Youkilis, a 34-year-old first baseman and third baseman, will have a $4-million base salary and can earn $1-million bonuses -- including some based on walks, a provision not allowed in major league contracts.

After nine seasons with the Boston Red Sox, Youkilis signed a $12-million, one-year deal with the New York Yankees. But a back injury limited him to 28 games, and his season ended June 13.

 

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 21, 2013 C4

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