Kevin Youkilis and the New York Yankees reached a deal Tuesday, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press, returning...
NEW YORK — Kevin Youkilis and the New York Yankees reached a deal Tuesday, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press, returning the hard-nosed All-Star to the AL East and filling New York’s immediate need for a third baseman.
The one-year contract for $12 million is pending a physical. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement.
Youkilis is expected to play third base while Alex Rodriguez recovers from hip surgery. Rodriguez plans to have the surgery in mid-January and could be sidelined until the All-Star break or beyond. Reports also say the Yankees are expected to sign right fielder Ichiro, the former Mariner, to a one-year deal by the end of the week.
Although Youkilis is not the first notable Boston player to join the Yankees, his move is notable because his hard-nosed style personified the enmity between the teams.
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Relief pitcher Joba Chamberlain has thrown more than one ball in the direction of Youkilis’ head, setting off minor flare-ups.
Youkilis turns 34 in March. He played third base and first base last season for the Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox.
Dodgers introduce Greinke
LOS ANGELES — Zack Greinke showed up alone to a mid-November 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 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 history. The Dodgers beat out Texas and the rival Los Angeles Angels, for whom Greinke pitched last season.
His introduction culminated a $183 million spending spree by the Dodgers in which they also signed South Korean left-hander Ryu Hyun-jin, who got a $36 million, six-year deal.
“Nobody worried about the Yankees when they were doing this and winning,” said Magic Johnson, a partner in Guggenheim Baseball Management, which bought the team last spring. “We’re here to win.”
“At one point, I was favoring Texas,” Greinke said before the negotiations made him change his mind.
Greinke said he decided on the Dodgers because he believes they have a team in place that could win the World Series for several years. He says their offense is as deep as any team in baseball.
• R.A. Dickey and Mets general manager Sandy Alderson can agree on one thing — they would prefer to have closure before opening day.
The NL Cy Young Award winner can become a free agent after 2013 and says he won’t negotiate once the season starts, so the Mets probably have to sign him to a new contract or trade him to get the best return.
• Cleveland traded outfielder Shin-Soo Choo to Cincinnati and acquired prized pitching prospect Trevor Bauer from Arizona in a three-team deal. Center fielder Drew Stubbs was sent from Cincinnati to Cleveland as part of the nine-player swap.
• Kansas City has signed veteran pitchers George Sherrill, a former Mariner, and Dan Wheeler and outfielder Willy Taveras to minor-league contracts.