The deal -- a $12 million, one-year contract -- will make Youkilis the every day starting third baseman for 2013. Youkilis will replace Alex Rodriguez until at least June and maybe longer after Rodriguez undergoes a second hip surgery in January.
In 2012, Youkiis, who will turn 34 in March, hit .235 with 19 homers and 60 RBIs in 111 games with the Red Sox and the Chicago White Sox. If Rodriguez, 37, were to comeback and be able to play third, Youkilis could see time filling in for Mark Teixeira at first and as a DH.
The Yankees’ next announcement is expected to be Ichiro Suzuki. The team and the outfielder were closing in on a deal that will pay Ichiro between $12 million and $13 million over two seasons. When the contract is signed, it will be the first multi-year deal that the Yankees have agreed to this Winter. The deal will take Ichiro until his 41st birthday.
The Yankees are not pursuing their former right fielder, Nick Swisher. Ichiro is expected to man right with Brett Gardner and Curtis Granderson in left and center. The Yankees have discussed switching the faster Gardner to center and Granderson to left.
Youkilis will speak to the media this afternoon so check back for more.