As expected, the 2012 MLB Winter Meetings have been exciting to keep an eye on this week as numerous teams have made big moves to make the necessary moves to be strong contenders for the 2013 season. The New York Yankees may have reached the ALCS last season, but they could be in trouble at third base with all of the questions surrounding Alex Rodriguez–who is coming off an extremely disappointing playoff performance and could miss a good chunk of the 2013 season now that he’s having a second hip surgery.
However, it appears they may have found an answer to fill in the hole at third base if Rodriguez is sidelined longer than expected–Kevin Youkilis.
New York has made a one-year, $12 million offer to Youkilis after spending last season as a member of the Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox. Youkilis hit .235 during the 2012 season to go along with 19 home runs and 60 RBIs–which means he would be a great fit for the Yankees given their situation with Rodriguez.
Plus, think about what the addition of Youkilis would do for the rivalry between the Yankees and Red Sox during the 2013 season. Even if he did join New York as an insurance policy, there’s no question there would be some sort of bitterness on Boston’s end and it would be fun to see Youkilis square off against the team he almost spent the first nine seasons of his career with.
Then again, it was Boston who made the decision to ship Youkilis off to Chicago last season–so they would have nobody to blame but themselves.
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