SAN DIEGO -- Although there have been several reports linking the D-backs to Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis, a baseball source said Sunday there had not been any recent talks between the two clubs involving Youkilis.
Acquiring Youkilis could come with a price tag that involves not just a player or players in return, but there's a financial component as well.
Youkilis is earning $12 million this year and whether the Red Sox would pick up a significant amount of that in a deal is unknown. The veteran also has a $13 million option for next season that has a $1 million buyout attached.
It seems unlikely the D-backs would want to part with a top prospect for a half-season rental player, and while the D-backs ownership has been willing to stretch its budget in the past, the price tag for Youkilis might be too steep.