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Could Francona get the band back together in Cleveland?

White Sox Youkilis celebrates game-winning single in MLB American League baseball game against Rangers in Chicago

Chicago White Sox batter Kevin Youkilis celebrates his game-winning single to left field in the 10th inning of their MLB American League baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Chicago, Illinois, July 4, 2012. REUTERS/Frank Polich (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)


At least part of it? Here’s some speculation from Heyman that actually makes sense:

The White Sox would like to re-sign third baseman Kevin Youkilis. But some see the rival Indians, who’ve hired his friend Terry Francona to manage, as a potential threat to try to sign Youkilis now.

The Indians’ interest is mostly in the speculative stage, but it makes sense. The Indians could use hitters, and especially righthanded ones.

If I’m running the Indians I try to leave first base open for Carlos Santana because I think that’s where his future lies, but they could do way worse than to have Youk around for some combination of 1B/3B/DH.

Youkilis has a $13 million option that the White Sox are expected to decline, making him fair game for anyone. Crazier things have happened than him taking a two-year deal or something in Cleveland.