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Youkilis agrees to 4 years for 40+ million.


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Per Peter Gammons.

I hate to see the Red Sox get away with these sorts of deals. This is a steal for them. Then add this on top of the Pedroia deal. These sorts of contracts are going to make it even harder for the O's to close the gap. I guess that's what happens when players actually want to play for your team.

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