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Yankees agree to terms with veteran third baseman Kevin Youkilis

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer
Kevin Youkilis, once a sworn enemy, will wear the Yankee pinstripes in 2013. (US Presswire)

The Yankees have agreed to terms with free-agent third baseman Kevin Youkilis on a one-year, $12 million contract, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman confirmed. The deal was originally reported by FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal. Heyman adds that finalization depends upon the outcome of a physical.

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Youkilis, 33, is coming off a season in which he batted .235/.336/.409 with 19 homers for the Red Sox and White Sox. His numbers improved somewhat after getting out of Boston.

Youkilis boasts a career batting line of .283/.384/.482, but given that he seems to be in his decline phase, he's not likely to approach those levels again. Defensively, he's below average at third these days. Still, as stop-gap measures go, he's not bad, especially in what is a weak market for third basemen.

The Yankees, of course, find themselves in need of an everyday solution at the position because of Alex Rodriguez's forthcoming hip surgery, which will sideline him until at least midseason. Youkilis has spent the vast majority of his career in a Boston uniform, so his early reception by Yankee fans will be interesting.

On the other hand, any "boo!" can be safely dismissed as a "Youk!"

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