Kevin is perfectly content to do it one year at a time. There's no urgency whatsoever. If we are presented with a multiyear deal, he's fine with it either way. We're all pretty confident that Kevin is going to remain an outstanding player. He is not the kind of guy that is going to be antsy if he has to do a one-year contract.Youkilis, who earned $3 million last season while hitting .312 and leading the team in slugging percentage and RBI, is currently eligible for free agency after the 2010 season.
We have no idea what the Red Sox would be offering or what Yook might like, but inking him to a 4/40-48 deal (covering his age 30-34 seasons) might make sense now. Anything more and I'd be inclined to wait -- see if his 2008 production is the real deal going forward -- and deal with this in the winter of 2010-11.