Kevin Youkilis offered contract by New York Yankees

Stephen Dunn

Former Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis is hunting for offers on the free agent market, and the New York Yankees have reportedly made him a lucrative one-year offer.

The Chicago White Sox allowed third baseman Kevin Youkilis to test the free agent market this winter, and according to MLB.com the New York Yankees have offered Youkilis a one-year, $12 million contract. The 33-year-old infielder joined the White Sox on June 24 in a deal where Chicago sent Brent Lillibridge and Zach Stewart to Boston, and he hit .236/.346/.425 over 80 games and 344 plate appearances.

Youkilis has put together an impresive resume over his nine-year MLB career, punctuated by .867 OPS and .384 lifetime on-base percentage. The Yankees are despararely searching for a third baseman to fill in for Alex Rodriguez, who is out with a hip injury.

New York also reportedly had interest in veteran infielder Jeff Keppinger, but White Sox general manager Rick Hahn stepped in a signed Keppinger to a three-year, $12 million deal. It was rumored that the Yankees offered him more money, but that Keppinger preferred to head to the south side of Chicago.

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