Sources: Yanks make first offer to Youkilis

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- After declining to make formal contract offers to free agents during the entire Winter Meetings, the Yankees are attempting to entice ex-Boston Red Sox Kevin Youkilis with a one-year, $12 million deal, according to sources.

A source told ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick that the Yankees are one of the options for Youkilis. The Cleveland Indians, the new home of Youkilis’ ex-manager, Terry Francona are also interested. Youkilis, 33, made $12.25 million in 2012 when he hit .235 with 19 homers and 60 RBIs.

The Yankees are trying to lure Youkilis to replace the injured Alex Rodriguez. The Yankees were originally interested in Jeff Keppinger and Eric Chavez to form a platoon at third. The Yankees discussed a two-year, $10 million deal with Keppinger’s agent, according to a source. He took three years and $12 million from the Chicago White Sox.

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