Youk­ilis agrees to deal with Yan­kees

Ex-red Sox slug­ger ex­pected to spell ail­ing Rodriguez.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS BRIEFING - Michael dwyer / ap

Kevin Youk­ilis is about to get a dif­fer­ent look at the Red Sox-Yan­kees ri­valry.

The hard-nosed Youk­ilis, who helped per­son­ify Bos­ton’s cham­pi­onship teams over the past decade, on Tues­day be­came the lat­est former Red Sox star to switch sides and land in Bronx. The free agent reached a deal that filled New York’s im­me­di­ate need for a third base­man to fill in for in­jured Alex Rodriguez.

The one-year con­tract for $12 mil­lion is pend­ing a phys­i­cal. A per­son fa­mil­iar with the deal told The As­so­ci­ated Press about the agree­ment un­der con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause no an­nounce­ment had been made.

Youk­ilis, who turns 34 in March, is ex­pected to play third base while Rodriguez re­cov­ers from hip surgery. A-Rod plans to have the op­er­a­tion in mid-Jan­uary and could be side­lined un­til the All-Star break or be­yond.

A three-time All-Star, Youk­ilis will get an early look at his old club. The Red Sox are set to open next sea­son at Yan­kee Sta­dium on April 1.

Mi­nus Rodriguez for sev­eral months, the Yan­kees tried to find a fill-in. They made the of­fer to Youk­ilis last week at the base­ball win­ter meet­ings. The agree­ment was first re­ported by Fox Sports.

Eric Chavez, A-Rod’s backup for most of last sea­son, joined Ari­zona last week. The Yan­kees con­sid­ered sev­eral op­tions as a stop­gap at third, in­clud­ing Jeff Kep­pinger and Mark Reynolds, but both ac­cepted deals with other teams.

Youk­ilis played third base and first base last sea­son for the Red Sox and Chicago White Sox. The Cleve­land In­di­ans have traded out­fielder Shin-Soo Choo to the Cincin­nati Reds and ac­quired pitcher Trevor Bauer from the Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs in a three-team deal in­volv­ing nine play­ers.

Cen­ter fielder Drew Stubbs was sent from Cincin­nati to Cleve­land as part of the trade an­nounced Tues­day.

The In­di­ans also re­ceived Bauer, the No. 3 pick in the 2011 draft, and right-han­ders Matt Al­bers and Bryan Shaw from the Di­a­mond­backs.

Cleve­land shipped Choo, in­fielder-out­fielder Ja­son Don­ald and cash to the Reds, while send­ing left-handed re­liever Tony Sipp and first base­man Lars An­der­son to Ari­zona.

The Di­a­mond­backs also re­ceived mi­nor league short­stop Didi Gre­go­rius from Cincin­nati.

Zack Greinke showed up alone to a midNovem­ber meet­ing at Dodger Sta­dium, ask­ing as many ques­tions as he an­swered. When he left three hours later, the pitcher thought he may have found his new team while the Los An­ge­les Dodgers brass knew they had to land the top arm on the open mar­ket.

They did, sign­ing Greinke to a $147 mil­lion, six-year deal that is the rich­est for a right-han­der in base­ball his­tory. The Dodgers beat out Texas and the ri­val Los An­ge­les An­gels, for whom Greinke pitched last sea­son.

Right-han­der Bran­don McCarthy and the Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs fi­nal­ized their deal Tues­day on a $15.5 mil­lion, two-year con­tract. McCarthy, with Oak­land last sea­son, was hit in the right side of the head by a line drive off the bat of the Los An­ge­les An­gels’ Erick Ay­bar on Sept. 5. He sus­tained an epidu­ral hem­or­rhage, brain con­tu­sion and skull frac­ture, then un­der­went a two-hour surgery.

Kevin Youk­ilis, who played for Bos­ton and the Chicago White Sox last sea­son, has agreed to a one-year con­tract with the Yan­kees worth $12 mil­lion, pend­ing a phys­i­cal, ac­cord­ing to a per­son fa­mil­iar with the deal.

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