Youk In Pinstripes? Yankees Reportedly Offer $12 Million, One-Year Deal

September 21, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Chicago White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis (20) fields a ground ball in the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

With Alex Rodriguez heading for another hip surgery for a torn labrum on his left hip and backup Yankee third baseman Eric Chavez signing a one-year, $3 million contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Yankees reportedly have offered former Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis a one-year, $12 million contract. ESPN, The New York Times and other media sources broke the news yesterday afternoon.

After an unusually quiet winter meeting week in Nashville, New York’s hand is being forced to secure the services of a quality veteran third baseman as they are facing the prospect of A-Rod being sidelined until June, possibly longer if his rehab doesn’t go as planned. The deal makes even more sense given that one of the last remaining third basemen the Yankees were looking at, infielder Jeff Keppinger, apparently reached an agreement on a three-year, $12 million deal with the Chicago White Sox. Keppinger’s in, Youk would have been the odd man out and the Yankees badly needed to fill a hole. Last year in a split season with Boston and the White Sox, Youkilis hit .235 with 19 homers and 60 RBIs.

To be certain, it looks like Youk’s gritty all out play is finally catching up with him as he looks for what may be one of his last pay days. Both his average and power numbers are down as are walks for a guy who was once one of the game’s greatest grinders at the plate. Loved Youk in Boston and will hate it when he comes to Fenway in an attempt to rake his old mates over the coals.

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Archaic doctrine no longer serve us 
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We don’t know quite what this is 
Other than a war that can’t be won 

Tension 
Too much to mention 
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Topics: Boston Red Sox, Kevin Youkilis

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  • John Fahrer

    Really wouldn’t be too devastated if Youkilis signed with New York. Here’s why:

    A. Getting annoyed by the “Bring Back Youk” cult. Have they been watching the guy the past few seasons? He’s really been in decline since after 2008 as he went from 145 games played to 136 in 09, 102 in 2010, 120 in 2011, and 122 in 2012. Now the decline is showing in the stats. He’s an empty shell of what he used to be. We’re trying to distance ourselves from oft-injured guys. Take solace in the fact that we got to see him at his best and move on. It would be entertaining to hear them whine if he were to go to NY. In reality they should be celebrating because…

    B. NY is very desperate that they’re looking to substitute their injury plagued third baseman with yet another injury plagues third baseman. Because of the lean corner infield market (and because Chavez and Keppinger are off the market), NY is offering Youk $500,000 more than what he made in 2012. The man’s coming off his worst season and looks to be heading further south and is getting a raise?!

    I understand people hating how things ended for the guy in Boston. But the bottom line shows that we cut ties with him at the right time.

  • Michael Macaulay-Birks

    I agree with John for the most part, although Youk is only 32, and hasn’t had an injury free season in a while….if he’s right he’s a good pickup for NYY cause he can spell Texiera at 1st as well… ARod is only gonna DH anyway when and if he returns…best wishes to youk, except the 19 times we’ll face him. (and when Napoli ends up with 30 errors at 1B)