Former Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis has signed a 1-year, $12 million contract with the New York Yankees.
The agreement between the Yankees and Youkilis was first reported by Ken Rosenthal. The 33-year old corner infielder received interest from numerous teams, including the Cleveland Indians, who are managed by Terry Francona, who managed the Red Sox during Youkilis’ tenure with Boston. Recently, corner infielder Mark Reynolds signed with the Cleveland Indians, likely removing them from the likely suitors of Youkilis.
With the injury to Alex Rodriguez, Youkilis is expected to spend significant time at third base.
In 2012, Youkilis started the season with the Boston Red Sox before injuries gave an opening to up-and-coming Will Middlebrooks to play third base and ultimately end his tenure with the team. He would be traded to the Chicago White Sox and finish the season with a .235 average with 19 home runs and 60 runs batted in.