REFILING: UPDATE1: Eagles pounce on 3-time all-star Youkilis, pitcher Blackley

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SENDAI, Dec. 21 (17:18) Kyodo


Three-time American League all-star Kevin Youkilis and
Australian lefty Travis Blackley have agreed to a one-year deal with
the Rakuten Eagles, the Pacific League champs announced Saturday.

The Eagles, who lost a key member of their Japan Series
championship team when third baseman Casey McGehee left Japan to sign
with the Miami Marlins, are expected to pay the 34-year-old Youkilis
300 million yen for next season, a figure that includes his signing

The right-handed-hitting Youkilis has a batting average of .281
and a .382 on-base percentage with 150 home runs over a 10-year major
league career, mostly spent with the Boston Red Sox. A third baseman
who also spends some time at first base, Youkilis played in just 28
games for the New York Yankees this year. He won a Golden Glove in
2007 at third base.

Blackley, a 31-year-old, with 82 major league games under his
belt with four clubs, has a career 9-9 record with a 5.22 earned run
average. In 2010 he pitched 25 games for South Korea's KIA Tigers.
His one-year contract is believed to be worth a total of 200 million
yen, including the signing bonus.

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