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With few options to replace the injured A-Rod in the free-agent market, the Yanks made a play for former Red Sox star, Kevin Youkilis. After some thought, Youkilis agreed to sign a one-year pact with the Bombers, his former arch-rival.
In his day, Youkilis was always a solid hitter with good power and while those days have certainly passed, Youk is still a respectable option to fill in at third until Rodriguez returns.
In 2012, Youkilis hit 19 homers and drove in 60 runs while batting a very unimpressive .235 in 122 games. If healthy and in the lineup on a daily basis, Youk could easily top those home run and RBI totals, but the average is where the concern will continue to be at the plate.
On the bright side, Youkilis gives the Yanks multiple options in the field even after A-Rod returns. On top of playing third base, Youk can also play first base, which could help give Mark Teixeira a breather every now and then.
Youk is not the same offensive player he was in years past, but he certainly isn't needed to carry this team offensively by any stretch. His strong desire to win, versatility and toughness are just what the doctor ordered in the Bronx.