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The Yankees made several attempts to land an infielder to replace the injured Alex Rodriguez for the start of the season, but have failed thus far.
Per Anthony McCarron and Christian Red of the New York Daily News, Youkilis is considering a one-year offer from the Bombers as we speak (or read):
So with one serious suitor down, the Yankees’ chances may have improved, though the Mariners and Dodgers are among the teams that also have reportedly shown interest in Youkilis. Youkilis’ agent, Joe Bick, said Sunday his client is “giving serious consideration to the Yankees” but wouldn’t offer more detail on what other teams were involved.
Last week, sources say, the Yankees offered Youkilis a one-year deal worth $12 million at baseball’s winter meetings in Nashville. The Indians reportedly offered the Ohio native a two-year, $18 million contract to rejoin his former Boston manager, new Tribe skipper Terry Francona.
If those are truly the top three suitors for Youkilis' services, than the Bombers have a great shot to land the former Red Sox star. Being that those other two destinations are across the country, the Yanks have an advantage in geography from the jump.
Youkilis has spent his major league career playing for a team on the East Coast, so it's realistic to think he'd like to keep it in the area. Plus, Youkilis knows he'll have a great chance to win with a perennial playoff contender like the Yankees, much like he did with Boston.
On the flip side, the Yanks get a guy who can play both corner infield positions and is good enough offensively to hit in the designated hitter slot. A one-year deal will also make it certain Youk won't be a problem during the impending payroll Armageddon of 2014.