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The Yankees offer to Kevin Youkilis is $12 million

Dec 6, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

Oh, so I guess the Yankees can spend money after all:


That’s a good offer for Youkilis in terms of dollars, but you have to wonder whether a one year deal in New York is what he’s looking for situation-wise. One year is good for him in order to establish his value and health, but if and when A-Rod comes back following his surgery, Youkilis may have some playing time issues.  Does he stick an third and A-Rod DH? Is there a rotation?

Youkilis is said to have multiple offers. The one from the Yankees is the most delicious in terms of storylines and stuff, but it may not make as much sense as some of the others he has on the table.

  1. Jason @ IIATMS - Dec 6, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    They can overspend THIS year. Next year, “I GOT A ROCK”-time

  2. genericcommenter - Dec 6, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    If he plays well, he should continue to get playing time. If he sucks, probably not ( but maybe, depending on injuries and other options). The Yankees are stocked every year and still end-up playing AAAA players. The Yankees aren’t going to sit him if he’s performing. So he should try to stay healthy and not suck, and it will all work out for him.

  3. townballblog - Dec 6, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Hear that? That’s the sound of Red Sox Nation collectively holding their breath.

    Oh boy…..

  4. pisano - Dec 6, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    I don’t understand this one, they could have had Keppinger for three years @ 12 mil, but instead they offer Youk 12 mil. for one year, go figure.

    • Jason @ IIATMS - Dec 6, 2012 at 9:45 AM

      Because they could offer $120M for this year and it still has no impact on the ’14 payroll number that they are trying to limbo under.

      • deathmonkey41 - Dec 6, 2012 at 10:17 AM

        Yeah, but you’re still going to need a 3rd baseman for ’14. Keppinger at that price seemed like a decent deal. It’s not like they have someone in the minors ready to step in for A-Rod.

      • uyf1950 - Dec 6, 2012 at 11:17 AM

        I would not be surprised to see David Adams in a Yankee Uniform for the 2014. He spent some time in Double A this past season and he had a great AFL. Would expect if his progress continues to see him split time in Double and Triple A in 2013 and possibly see him in spring training for the 2014 Yankees as A-Rod’s back up. Just my opinion.

      • anxovies - Dec 6, 2012 at 7:55 PM

        I think Ronnier Mustelier is a better pick than Adams. He is older, more experienced and a much better hitter.

      • uyf1950 - Dec 7, 2012 at 6:57 AM

        anxovies, the thing is Mustelier is mostly on outfielder. He’s only played 26 games with 51 chances at 3rd base and only 11 of those chances at 3rd base. And yes he is older at 28 he’s much older then most of the players in Triple A that’s probably why his numbers are better. Adams is younger (25) more athletic and a natural infielder. And if you check out Adams numbers they aren’t to shabby in Double A: .306 BA / .385 OBP / .450 SLG / .834 OPS and like I said earlier he had a great AFL this year. If Adams can keep it together for 1 more year I think he has a bright future with the Yankees. There are 2 possibilities for Adams with the Yankees:
        1st) Should the Yankees decide NOT to re-sign Cano at whatever Boras’s contract demands are Adams can play 2nd base.
        2nd) Depending on A-Rod’s health/injuries and how much he can play 3rd base Adams is a very, very adequate sub to spell A-Rod and could eventually take over 3rd base full time, in my opinion.

    • deathmonkey41 - Dec 6, 2012 at 9:48 AM


    • fanofevilempire - Dec 6, 2012 at 10:14 AM

      they want a rental…………
      they will not be giving out too many multiple year contracts…………..
      why do think they are moving candy man while they have him contractually for one year….
      Cash is spending with a high point of 189mil………
      A-Rod will be coming back from hip surgery how can you believe he can swing a bat and field, you need a good hip to do that stuff on a regular, he will be the DH

    • pinkfloydprism - Dec 6, 2012 at 11:06 AM

      I believe Keppinger rejected their offer, right?

  5. number42is1 - Dec 6, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    So if this happens then they have over 43 million locked up at third base this season, right? why would they let chavez go for $3 million?

    • Jason @ IIATMS - Dec 6, 2012 at 9:47 AM

      Not quite, but close. Per Cot’s, ARod’s due “only” $28M this year.

      See also: Kiddingme, Areyoufackin’

      • number42is1 - Dec 6, 2012 at 9:49 AM

        thought it was $31M?

  6. Innocent Bystander - Dec 6, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    I’d like to see this if only to see the effect on Joba. Dude can’t help but to throw at Youklis. I picture him in mid-windup and throwing to 3B at an unsuspecting Youk.

    • magicrat13 - Dec 6, 2012 at 10:09 AM

      gold jerry….pure gold!

    • Mr. Furious - Dec 6, 2012 at 10:14 AM

      He’d better keep his head on a swivel if he’s filling in for Tex and Joba’s on the mound with a runner on first.

  7. uyf1950 - Dec 6, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    It will be fun if he signs with the Yankees and watch the Sox players and fans reaction. Also, he will get plenty of playing time with the Yankees. Through July he will play most of the games at 3rd base. Between the surgery and then the rehab i wouldn’t think A-Rod will be back until after the All Star game at the very soonest. Even after that I’m thinking A-Rod will spend more time DH’ing then playing third. And yes he probably will spell Tex some at first probably after the All Start break.

    He’s a good choice on a 1 year deal a bit more money then probably they should pay but like a previous poster said the Yankees aren’t really that concerned about their payroll for the 2013 season it’s 2014 that the edict has been handed down to get under the Luxury Tax Threshold.

    We’ll have to see if 1 year is acceptable to Youkilis.

  8. dirtyharry1971 - Dec 6, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    god i hope he doesnt accept it

  9. 18thstreet - Dec 6, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    For a few years there, I really loved Youk. But I think the Yankees would be crazy to think he can play third regularly (or well, for that matter). And, in the long run, Youkilis might be making a mistake to trade in his good reputation in Boston by going to New York. There’s some post-career endorsements that might be lost with a single year in New York.

    This deal doesn’t make sense to me, on either side. But I suppose it’s plausible. Third basemen are hard to find.

    • anxovies - Dec 6, 2012 at 8:00 PM

      Are you kidding? Where does anybody get a good reputation playing for Boston these days? The Yankee fans would love him and if he did well they would spend hours rubbing it in on these websites.

  10. fissels - Dec 6, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Da Youka!

  11. cur68 - Dec 6, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    The Greek God of Filling In For ARod.

  12. psousa1 - Dec 6, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Actually it’s the sound of Red Sox nation saying “Who gives a sh!t” Middlebrooks is much better at this stage. If Middlebrooks didn’t get hit by the pitch he could have been close to a 25/80 guy. He had 15/54 in only 75 games He has not been a healthy or productive player in over 2 years. Even with Chavez’ injury history a platoon of he and Nunez would have been more productive. Youkilis gave it his all and had so many under the radar great seasons but it was clear he was at the end of the line as far as being an offensive threat. No shame in that. He just got older and injury prone. He started off a house of fire with the CWS but then settled in and his final average was .237 – that’s about what he is now.

  13. pinkfloydprism - Dec 6, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Please sign him… just so I can say fark youk to the yankees… please!

    • jayscarpa - Dec 6, 2012 at 11:26 AM

      I want the tee shirt

  14. cackalackyank - Dec 6, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    I really don’t think this is going to be happening.

  15. jayscarpa - Dec 6, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    He’s only 33, I thought he was at least 3 years older. As a Yankees fan I can’t say I love the idea but ‘beggars can’t be choosers’ – Cashman’s new catchphrase.

  16. brandedthefirst - Dec 6, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    That would be very weird to watch him in NY pin stripes. Maybe joba can throw at his head during warm ups ?

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