Free agent third baseman Kevin Youkilis could be headed to the Big Apple, as the New York Yankees have reportedly offered the 33-year-old a "very legitimate" offer, according to Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com.
According Joe Bick, Youkilis' agent, the veteran is "seriously considering" a reported a one-year, $12 million deal from New York, but is also considering at least one other offer. Youkilis could be a nice fit for a Yankees squad that is thin at third base after Alex Rodriguez announced last week that he would have to undergo surgery on his left hip in mid-January. Youkilis' versatility might also be appealing to the Yankees, as the former Red Sox third baseman could see at-bats at designated hitter and fill in for first baseman Mark Teixeira, who missed 39 games last season.
With Jeff Keppinger signing with the Chicago White Sox and Mark Reynolds inking a deal with the Cleveland Indians over the past few days, the Yankees have intensified their pursuit of Youkilis. Where he lands could come down to a bidding war between the New York and the big-spending Los Angeles Dodgers.
Youkilis hit .235 with 15 home runs and 46 RBI in 42 games for the Boston Red Sox and 80 games for the White Sox in 2012.