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Report: Kevin Youkilis takes $12 million from Yankees

Dec 11, 2012, 6:01 PM EDT

White Sox Youkilis celebrates game-winning single in MLB American League baseball game against Rangers in Chicago Reuters’s Ken Rosenthal says Kevin Youkilis will be decked out in pinstripes and goatee-less next season.

According to Rosenthal, the Yankees and Youkilis have agreed to a one-year, $12 million contract that would put the long time Red Sox infielder at third base until Alex Rodriguez returns from hip surgery in June or July.

Youkilis had the option of taking a paycut and a multiyear deal from the Indians before they signed Mark Reynolds, but the combination of playing for a surefire contender and matching last year’s salary apparently appealed to him more than playing in his home state and reuniting with Terry Francona.

The addition of Youkilis gives the Yankees the right-handed bat they desired with Rodriguez out. The two players could alternate between third base and DH once A-Rod returns.

Youkilis hit .235/.336/.409 with 19 homers and 60 RBI for the Red Sox and White Sox last season. He’s a lifetime .233/.337/.397 hitter with four homers in 73 at-bats at new Yankee Stadium.

  1. Ari Collins - Dec 11, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    Good pickup for the Yanks. They don’t need anyone (or want anyone) past this year, so getting him on a slight overpay to keep it at one year makes sense. And Youkilis is probably the best option they had, although that’s partly because it’s such a rough year for FA 3B.

    He’s not a particularly good fit for the stadium, and his defense has taken a hit, and he can’t seem to stay healthy, but there’s still a lot of upside there, upside he doesn’t need to justify the deal.

    Be sad to see one of my favorite players a Yankee, but Boston has a good young 3B now, and that’s just business, huh?

    • 18thstreet - Dec 12, 2012 at 3:15 PM

      Over the last three years, Youk has played 102, 122 and 120 games. I think this is a stupid pickup by the Yankees. They need someone to keep the seat warm until A-Rod returns. Someone who can play adequate third (probably true, though I’d consider Youk to be below average there) is more important than having an adequate hitter, given that the Yankees basically led baseball in offense last year (finishing 4 runs behind Texas while leading them in OPS by 10 points; it’s a wash).

      Make the reasonable assumption that Youkilis again will miss a third of the season: there’s a 66 percent chance they still need a third baseman until A-Rod returns.

      • yournuts - Dec 12, 2012 at 11:54 PM

        He can also play 1B also, a good pick up.

  2. aceshigh11 - Dec 11, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    As a Red Sox fan, this is a smart move by the Yankees.

    And honestly…good luck to him. He deserved better treatment.

  3. desal2ds - Dec 11, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    Any Yankee fan who is okay with this is as phony as A-Rod. Good job Cashman guess I’ll be counting the days until NFL training camp this summer instead of watching Kevin Weiner on the Yankees

  4. framingham123 - Dec 11, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    What news. As a Red Sox fan (who is trying to hang in there after two difficult years), still feel badly what happened last year. Youk is all heart for the game and deserves all the best, and best chances to play. Not to mention, he was a great man who offered much of himself to the city of Boston area through his various causes and charity. We are proud of him. Hoping NYC can be okay for him. This deal makes a lot of sense. It’s an interesting move to NY. Will certainly add more fun to the games with Boston. Wish him all good luck.

    • tonyz6060chevy - Dec 12, 2012 at 2:47 PM

      I know how you feel ,but the Red Sox decided to back up Bobby Valentine despite Youk’s years of service to them.It’s going to be hard seeing him in pinstripes,but hey, I thought the world was coming to an end the day Wade Boggs put on a Yankee uniform,it worked out well for him although it was a jagged dagger through the hearts of Red Sox fans!

  5. davidschap - Dec 12, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    Who cares really. Both teams are a shell of what they were and I’m from Boston.

  6. mungman69 - Dec 12, 2012 at 4:20 AM

    $12,000,000 for one season? Not bad work if you can get it.

  7. navyteach - Dec 12, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    There have been a slew of players who have worn both uniforms. Baseball is a business, guys go where the money flows. He’s not the first prominent player to make the switch. For anyone who is in their late 30s or older, Wade Boggs and Roger Clemens were big names that went to the Yankees after playing in Beantown. Roger did after a stint with the Blue Jays. However, it will be odd seeing Youk in a Yankee uniform. He was never the best player on his team but he was always one of the hardest workers and most beloved players to don the Red Sox uniform. I would never boo him and hope that nobody in Boston does either but who am I kidding, it’s going to happen at some point during the season.

    • tonyz6060chevy - Dec 12, 2012 at 2:42 PM

      Good for youk. now’s his time to shine and show that he’s much better than that over paid albatross named Rodriguez.At 12 mil. he’s a bargain and hell of a lot better player than that prima Donna !

  8. ejannetta - Dec 12, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Youk is a guy that doesn’t dog it and gives you 100% every game and I think he will do well with the Yanks. How about this scenario….bottom of the ninth…bases loaded with two outs…who would you rather have at bat…A-Rod or Youk?…I’ll take Youk it that spot.

  9. joshftw - Dec 12, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    Great! with one $12 Million check, the Yankees manage to get older AND weaker in one fell swoop.

    Youkilis on paper is an acceptable stopgap at 3rd base. Youkilis in reality is going to spend most of the year on the DL and be a shell of what he was when he is playing.

    But hey, at least the 2014 budget plan is on track. That’s a great consolation.

    • theskinsman - Dec 12, 2012 at 9:43 PM

      Youk will be a huge upgrade over A-roid. He is on the downside of his career, but he won’t choke like a dog every time the game is on the line and he’s at the plate.Oh, and he’ll give it everything he has every game,from April through the playoffs. I wish him success,except against Boston.

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