The Yankees and Kevin Youkilis have agreed to a one-year $12 million deal. The ex-Red Sox will take over for Alex Rodriguez while he spends the first few months of the season on the disabled list for a hip injury.
Last season, Youkilis hit .235/.336/.409 between the Red Sox and White Sox. His BABIP fell dramatically during that time, so the Yankees are hoping that the signs of regression for the 33 year old are mostly a matter of bad luck. Over his career, the third baseman has a 128 wRC+, and his fielding at the hot corner is just about average according to UZR.
Losing Russell Martin, Nick Swisher, and Alex Rodriguez has left the Yankees with very few right handed bats to counter a left handed pitcher. Youkilis’ bat fits the Yankees needs, however he showed a tremendous platoon split last season.