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With Alex Rodriguez likely missing four to six months after hip surgery, which could sideline him until June, the New York Yankees need help at third base until he is fully healthy. One of the best choices out there is ex-Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis. Now, the Yankees, according to The New York Times, want Youk on a one-year contract.
The Boston Red Sox shipped Youk out of town in June and fans should not be upset if he decides to put on the pinstripes in 2013 for several reasons.
Yes, the rivalry between the Red Sox and Yankees is one where fans get carried away, but a one-year deal is nothing to get that passionate about.
Youkilis was not going to get an offer from the Red Sox once Mike Napoli signed a three-year deal with the club on Monday. Plus, Youk was probably upset about everything that happened in 2012 and does not want to return an environment where he may not feel wanted again. The Yanks will just be using him for the time being until he either struggles or is worth a lot in the trade market when A-Rod returns.
As of now, the Yanks are offering a $12 million contract for Youkilis and he should jump at the chance for this kind of money while he can.
With all of his injuries and his downward trend of power and average, the almost 34-year-old is on the verge of becoming a platoon player in the next several season. He may have already reached his peak a couple seasons ago, but he can still play his heart out and is a valuable teammate to have out on the field.
Yes, he could put up monstrous numbers in the new Yankee Stadium, but no one knows if he can stay out on the field with his recent history of injury-plagued seasons. His numbers have gone down in walks, OBP, average and home runs over the past couple seasons. He is not worth the $12 million he is being offered, but the Yankees are trying to woo him and that should be enough for Red Sox fans to just let him go there without a second thought.
This means less money for the Yanks to spend on pitching and that sounds good enough for me!