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.