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The biggest acquisition of the winter for the Yankees was kind of a shock to a lot of fans.
After it was announced that Rodriguez needed hip surgery, the Yankees brought in long-time Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis and signed him to a one-year, $12 million deal back on Dec. 11, 2012.
In the week prior to Youkilis' signing, the debate was whether the Yankees should bring him or Mark Reynolds in to fill the third base spot.
Reynolds signed with the Indians, which really meant that Youkilis was all but going to the Yankees, especially for the money they were offering.
The Yankees made the offer to Youkilis on Dec. 6, 2012, so he had almost a week to think about whether or not he wanted to play in New York or play at home with Cleveland.
If healthy, the Yankees are getting a gritty player that brings toughness to a Yankee lineup that needs it.
When Youkilis was in his prime, he was a 20 home run, 80 to 90 RBI hitter with the Red Sox.
Youkilis joins a list of players such as Babe Ruth, Wade Boggs, Roger Clemens and Johnny Damon as former prominent Red Sox who all were brought in by the Yankees and eventually, won a championship with the team.
Could Youkilis follow the trend of his former Boston players by doing the same in New York?