Sendai-based Rakuten did not reveal financial details of the
contract for the 34-year-old three-times All Star and twice a
World Series champion with the Boston Red Sox.
Japanese media said Youkilis had signed a one-year deal for 300
million yen ($2.88 million).
Youkilis, a first and third baseman, is a career .281 hitter
with a .382 on-base percentage. He spent eight years with the
Red Sox where he won championships in 2004 and 2007 before
joining the Chicago White Sox for a season in 2012.
He suffered an injury-marred 2013 with the Yankees, playing only
28 games which was the least of his decade in the majors
($1 = 104.0950 yen)
(Reporting by Yuka Obayashi; writing by Patrick Johnston;
editing by John O'Brien)
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