When the New York Yankees found out they would be without Alex Rodriguez for much of the season, a need for a third baseman vaulted to the top of their to-do list in the 2012-2013 off-season. When they lost Eric Chavez to free agency, they definitely were in dire straits to find someone.
It looks like they have found their man as reports are beginning to surface the Yankees have signed former Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox third basemen Kevin Youkilis to a one-year, $12 million deal.
Source: #Yankees sign Youkilis, one year, $12M.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 11, 2012
Though this isn’t a splash signing, this was the right move for the Yankees as they were faced with the possibility of Eduardo Nunez or Jayson Nix as the full time third basemen for at least the first two months of the season. While Youk is certainly not the same player he was as with the Red Sox, he is certainly an upgrade from a power standpoint over both of those players.
It was either Youk or 37-year old Placido Polanco as the best available options. Call me crazy, but I wouldn’t exactly consider Polanco an upgrade over either of the two current options on the roster.
His numbers definitely dipped in 2012, but that was exacerbated with a well-documented feud between he and now former Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine. Once he arrived with the White Sox, his power numbers increased and his on-base percentage improved. He is definitely not a long-term solution, but for someone who can come in and be a starter for a couple of months and has experience, it doesn’t get much better.