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Report: Yankees make offer to Youkilis

12/06/2012 10:17 AM ET
By Jon Lane

The New York Yankees have an offer for Kevin Youkilis on the table to be their third baseman until Alex Rodriguez is healthy.

According to MLB.com, the offer for Youkilis -- once an integral component of the Yankees-Boston Red Sox rivalry -- is $12 million for one season. Youkilis, made $12.25 million for Boston and the Chicago White Sox in 2012 and the Yankees’ proposal is in line with their fiscal structure for 2013.

Rodriguez will undergo left hip surgery in January and will be out of action until the summer. Combined with Eric Chavez’s defection to the Arizona Diamondbacks and Jeff Keppinger signing with the White Sox, the Yankees have a hole to fill at third base. Youkilis batted .235 for Boston and Chicago last season, turns 34 next March and is also targeted by the Cleveland Indians. Youkilis is an Ohio native and remains close with former Red Sox and current Tribe skipper Terry Francona, so besides the money, Youkilis will choose between his roots and his desired passion to perform in the spotlight of a pennant race.

Youkilis’ best season came in 2008, when he batted .312 with 29 home runs and 115 RBIs for the Red Sox. Injuries have plagued him in recent seasons and the Red Sox traded him to White Sox in June to create an opportunity for rookie Will Middlebrooks.

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