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Yankees offer Kevin Youkilis one-year deal

Kevin Youkilis batting in the third inning. (June

Kevin Youkilis batting in the third inning. (June 28, 2012) (Credit: David Pokress)

Could another former Red Sox player be about to get fitted for pinstripes?

The Yankees have finally made an offer to a third baseman, offering Kevin Youkilis a one-year, $12 million contract, Newsday's Erik Boland confimed. MLB.com's Bryan Hoch first reported the news.

After a dismal start to 2012 in Boston, where hit .233 with four home runs, Youkilis was traded to the Chicago White Sox and posted more representative numbers. In 80 games, he hit .236 but with a .346 on-base percentage and 15 home runs. Youkilis will be 34 at the start of the 2013 season.

Third base options for the Yankees are drying up quickly in the wake of the news that Alex Rodriguez will require left hip surgery and miss significant time. Eric Chavez agreed with the Diamondbacks and Jeff Keppinger agreed with the White Sox on Wednesday. The Phillies are pursuing a trade for Texas infielder Michael Young, it was reported Thursday morning.

The Yankees have talked with less attractive options like Mark Reynolds, who the Orioles non-tendered last month, and Jack Hannahan, who the Indians non-tendered.

Reynolds is a poor fielder, but he can pack a punch. Reynolds has hit at least 17 home runs each of his six seasons in the majors, hitting a career-high 44 in 2009 and 23 last season.

Hannahan, meanwhile, is a bad bat (career .234 average, 28 home runs), but a good fielder. He hit .244 with a .312 on-base percentage for Cleveland in 2012.

- with Erik Boland

Tags: Yankees , Boston Red Sox , Kevin Youkilis

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