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No recent talks with Boston regarding Youkilis

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.

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.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.