Yankees to sign Kevin Youkilis


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Babe Ruth, Wade Boggs, Roger Clemens, Johnny Damon, and now … Kevin Youkilis. The Yankees have agreed to sign the long-time Red Sox corner infielder to a one-year contract worth $12M according to Ken Rosenthal. The offer was made to Youkilis during the Winter Meetings after the team announced Alex Rodriguez‘s new left hip injury, and the Terry Francona-led Indians essentially bowed out of the race by signing Mark Reynolds. The deal is still pending a physical and a 40-man roster move will be required. The Yankees do not have to forfeit a draft pick.

Youkilis, 34 in March, hit .235/.336/.409 (102 wRC+) with 19 homers in 509 plate appearances split between the Red Sox and White Sox this past season. It was his worst full season as a big leaguer and the second straight year his production has declined. Youkilis is one year removed from a .258/.373/.459 (126 wRC+) performance though, and over the last three seasons no player in all of baseball has been more productive against left-handed pitching (174 wRC+). Check out my Scouting The Market post for more statistical minutia.

A-Rod‘s injury, which will keep him out until midseason, pushed the Yankees to acquire a starting caliber third baseman. Youkilis isn’t much of a defensive player these days, but he can adequately handle the hot corner while also backing up first base. The big concern is his durability, or lack thereof. Youkilis hasn’t played in more than 125 games since 2009 and has been on the DL five times in the last four years, including multiple times for lower back problems. The Yankees will have to thoroughly check him out during the physical and they shouldn’t count on him for more than 120 games. Anything more than that is gravy.

With the third base hole plugged, the next item on the agenda appears to be a right field replacement for Nick Swisher. The Yankees are reportedly close to a new deal with Ichiro Suzuki, which would give them three left-handed hitting outfielders. Youkilis adds some much-needed right-handed thump to the lineup, but finding a right-handed complement for the outfield will still be a necessity. Scott Hairston appears to be the only suitable free agent solution, and he’ll command a multi-year contract. The Yankees are trying to get under the $189M luxury tax threshold in 2014 and have been fixated on one-year contracts this winter. Landing Youkilis without committing multiple years is a win for New York.

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  1. RetroRob says:

    It’ll be odd, but he is the best option. Righty. Has power. Works the count. Decent defense. Bring him on.

    • Anthony says:

      This thread has the potential to make the bus ride home very entertaining.

      Its going to be so weird seeing Youk in pinstripes. But I welcome the move. Based on how he comes off the surgery, I wonder how likely it is that A-rod becomes full time DH.

    • Drey says:

      I hate this signing they waited and waited and this is what they got a .235 hitter. Im done with mr.cashman. Rediculous

      • YanksFanInBeantown says:

        Good thing batting average is the most important stat!

        • Dan says:

          Good thing walks win playoff series.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

            Right. Because walks are the only other stat.

            Btw, the AL playoff team with the highest team average lost in the wildcard game. The NL playoff team with the highest team average lost in the NLCS.

          • gc says:

            Wade Boggs taking a bases loaded walk in game 4 of the 1996 World Series to give the Yanks a 7-6 lead in the 10th inning says hello.

            • Dan says:

              And swisher striking out every playoff at bat while batting .230 and walking in the regular season is what. And pointing out one moment is meaningless (btw Boggs is a career 300 hitter).This team has no average hitters and they will continue to lose until they get them.

              • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

                This team has no average hitters and they will continue to lose until they get them.

                Cano? (How’d that work out this year btw?)
                Swisher isn’t a .230 hitter. He hit .272 this year.
                Yankees team avg this season was a whole 3 points lower than the team that defeated them.

                I think you are confusing hitting for average with clutch hitting. They aren’t the same thing.

                Youkilis career postseason: 306/376/568 fwiw.

                • joe says:

                  Tigers however spread out their high averages across their lineup. They had 4 guys that hit 300. The reason they only had a slightly higher average than the Yankees is because the rest of the lineup didn’t have as many 250 hitters in their lineup as the Yankees so that brought their team batting average down. The Cardinals had a lot of guys also hitting 290 or better.

              • theyankeewarrior says:

                Who are the guys with the high !!!batting average!!! you were hoping for?

              • Keith says:

                The team that has “no average hitters” was ranked fourth in the AL with a .265 batting average.

                Oh, and the team that couldn’t hit for average (by some strange misguided vision you have) won 95 games, the most an AL team won.

                To think this team that is mostly unchanged is going to have a 65-70 win season this year based upon some arbitrary statistic you want to cherry pick (which isn’t even as bad as you perceive) is absolutely absurd.

          • YanksFanInBeantown says:

            You’re right. Silly me for wanting players to get on base and hit for power. We need more players like David Eckstein!

  2. Cy Pettitte says:

    I like this signing because it forces Youk to shave that goatee

  3. Rich in NJ says:

    If they are sticking to their reported budget, $12m is way too much to pay for someone who only hits RH pitching and has injury issues because it restricts what they can spend on other needs.

    It smells like a GM Levine move.

    • Rich in NJ says:

      LH pitching.

    • vin says:

      What is their reported budget for 2013? I haven’t heard anything. I just assumed they’re OK with anything south of 210 mil, as well as protecting 2014′s budget.

      • Rich in NJ says:

        This signing brings them to about $183m without factoring in arbitration raises which could easily bring over 190m. How much do you think they are going to spend? They still don’t have a credible C, RF, LH DH.

        • The Real Greg says:

          Ichiro is going to sign in a few days which fills an outfield spot

          When ARod comes back, he will DH while Youkilis plays 3rd.

          If Ibanez resigns for a small deal that fills the LH DH

        • RetroRob says:

          What is their budget for $2013? It’s a one-year deal, which is the most important contributor to 2014. Their goal is to have as much flexibility heading into 2014, so they’ll pay a premium on one-year deals to achieve that.

          • Rich in NJ says:

            What kind of significant additions do you see them getting who will take one year contracts? Youkilis isn’t one, yet they paid him like one.

            By overleveraging payroll reduction in 2014, they are limiting what they can do in 2013.

            So unless they are creative and trade Granderson, or even Cano to achieve flexiblity, I think their options are severely limited.

            • RetroRob says:

              I’ll ask again. What is the Yankees budget in 2013?

              • Not George Steinbrenner says:

                We’re at about $190 mil. now after Youk for 2013, but that includes a boatload of one-year deals (Kuroda, Youkilis, Pettitte, Rivera), Granderson’s deal expiring, and I believe $8.5 million that’s going to the Pirates for Burnett (off the books after 2013).

                The luxury tax limit is $189 million for 2014. We’ll be under it.

                • Not George Steinbrenner says:

                  We overpay Youk now to pay by re-setting the luxury tax to 22.5% of gap between payroll and threshold instead of 50%, which is what we’ll be penalized at if we remain over in 2014.

                  Say in 2014 we had a $210 million payroll. That would cost us $10.5 million in tax (50% rate).

                  Conversely, if we go under $189 million in 2014 and go to $210 million in 2015 (not inconceivable), the tax would only cost us $4.725 million. And we’d save $ in 2015 and 2016, too, if we go back over.

                  I’m all for this thrift if it means we spend some cash before 2015.

                  • JonS says:

                    So wait, they are doing this bullisht to save $5m or so? F them.

                    • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

                      That’s only the luxury tax part, and only for that year.
                      They also save directly in payroll and future luxury tax payments.
                      They also become eligible for partial revenue sharing rebates.

                      But still, F them.

                    • MannyGeee says:

                      Yah… How dare they not want to spend all their money pn taxes now when they can save some now to spend it on players later… Assholez!!!!!!!! I am becoming a Royals fan. They never worry about the celery capz!!!!!

                      The fuck is wrong with you? Srsly!

              • cashmoney says:

                Dunno. My Guess the upper bound is 220 mil. I give 10-1 odds on anyone who want to bet against under 1000.
                I am good for it.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

          $12M seems like an overpay, but with the options they seem to be considering for those other positions, they could fill them all and end up with a luxury tax payroll about the same as last years (possibly even lower.

        • thenamestsam says:

          At $12M I think the assumption is that Youk is still a full time player. You’re not paying someone that to play 3rd for a month or two and then be the short half of a DH platoon the rest of the way. He and ARod will both take their days off against righties so there’s definitely space for lefty DH type, but it should be more of a bench role than it was this past year.

    • The Real Greg says:

      For a year, you take it.

    • Ramondo says:

      Love how positive you are!! Why don’t you just let the guy show up and perform?

      • Rich in NJ says:

        I’m positive about good moves: re-signing Kuroda and Pettitte, and negative about what I think are bad moves: a this for $12m.

        It’s called realism.

        • JMK says:

          Being upset about something doesn’t necessarily translate into “realism.”

        • Preston says:

          Complaining about the Yankee budget in 2013 isn’t realism. You have no basis for knowing what they are willing to spend this season. Also you keep talking about it like we have better things to spend the money on. I’m looking at the FA’s out there and I don’t see it. They may have overpaid Youk, but they did it to induce him to sign for only a year, since he probably could have gotten a multi year deal. They probably got the best player available (you could argue Reynolds or Chavez, but given Reynolds D and Chavez’s health Youk is probably the best of both worlds), and he doesn’t add any salary to the team in 2014 when they do have a strict budget.

        • cashmoney says:

          Rich, you can ask yourself the realistic question of who is better than Youk in this FA market that are willing to take one year deal? In dealing with Yankee reality here…

    • YanksFanInBeantown says:

      Their reported budget is 189 for 2014. I’m not sure how a $12 million contract affects that…

  4. vin says:

    Youk is about as good as we could’ve hoped. Just need to nab a RHB OFer (Cody Ross type along with Ichiro!), and AJ Pierzynski (yeah I said it), and 2013 might not be as frightening.

  5. Knoxvillain says:


    Yankees’ pitcher Joba Chamberlain has been arrested on charges of first degree murder of new teammate Kevin Youkilis.

  6. DERP says:

    Don’t care who he played for before. I’ll root for anyone who helps us win.

    • thenamestsam says:

      I’m usually 100% in this boat. Just win and we’ll worry about everything else later.

      But I have to say I just can’t see it with Youk. I’m trying to picture in my head standing and screaming with joy when he hits a homer or (god forbid) making that horrible Yoooooouuuuuuukkkkk and it’s definitely activating my gag reflex.

      If he has a big year I’m sure I’ll find my way to liking him pretty quickly, but right now…I’m finding it hard to get excited about this, even if I think it’s a good move for the 2013 Yankees.

    • KeithK says:

      I won’t necessarily root for *him*. But I’ll certainly root for the uniform he wears. It’s just like rooting for Boston to win when they were playing a game against Baltimore last September. I root for whatever helps my team advance.

  7. MannyGeee says:

    Hooray? HOORAYYYYY!!!!!! I don’t feel so good.

  8. Gerald Williams says:

    Broken on RAB by former Yankee great… me! (see andruw jones post).

    Should be interesting. Probably the best FA 3rd base help we could have hoped for. Let’s hope Ca$hman has some magic to fix this team up a little more though.

  9. Murderers' Row Boat says:

    Shave those sideburns, Youk!

  10. Drew says:


    can’t believe I just typed that.

  11. Ichiro says:

    When will you sign me? :(

  12. Rey22 says:


  13. art vandelay says:

    I do not want to root for this guy … he’s up there with manny and pedro as all time most hated red sock … what happens when arod gets healthy?

    • The Real Greg says:

      I think there;s a good cahnce ARod DH’s and Youk plays 3rd.

    • thenamestsam says:

      Manny and Pedro above Varitek? Your list is invalid.

    • BeanTooth says:

      But I would’ve had no problem rooting for Pedro. His dickishness was all part of his awesomeness. Youk is just a dick, but I root for ARod so…


    • RetroRob says:

      He still plays. The Yankees have a rotational DH slot. If A-Rod can play the field, A-Rod and Youkilis will rotate between DH and 3B the second half of the year. Second, when was the last time Youkilis played 150 games? I don’t think he’s ever played 150 games. He’ll probably appear in 125-130 games, if lucky, and by the time A-Rod returns they’ll be looking to rest him at times.

      Plenty of PAs for both. It’s whomever is serving as the RH’d DH who will potentially lost PAs. Yet, let’s say it’s Scott Hairston. They may end up platooning Hairston with Ichiro in right, so it’ll be Ichiro who might lose PAs.

      In other words, don’t worry about it!

    • RetroRob says:

      I rooted for Roger Clemens and Wade Boggs. Both are far more “Red Soxey” than Youkilis.

      • vicki says:

        beg to differ. the historic comeback is the extra dimension. and clemens went to the bj’s in between.

        • Mikhel says:

          For those of us who have been Yankee fans before the bandwagonnery began, 2004 is just a bad year: Clemens and Boggs haunted the Yankees year in and year out during those dreadful 1980s and early 1990s, before fair weather fans took into account only recent history.

          Not saying you’re a bandwagonner, just putting into perspective how 2004 is just that, a bad dream.

          • vicki says:

            i was a little girl when my grampa took me to the stadium for the first time, in 1978. i jumped on the bandwagon back then. suffered the lean years; and while i won’t say the rivalry was one-sided, it was a lot more fun when boston had won nothing since 1918. world championship red sox changed things between the fanbases.

            bandwagoners are fine by me, as long as they stick with the team. fair-weather is something different.

        • Tom says:

          Hey let’s not make judgements about someone’s sexual preferences.

    • fat jeter says:

      “what happens when arod gets healthy?”

      Good question.

      Better question: what happens when a-rod doesn’t get healthy and youk gets hurt?

      • MannyGeee says:

        Well. Lets face it. This is all just a band aid until the beginning of the Eduardo Nuñez Era…. It just begins then.

  14. Pete Law says:

    I hate myself for loving Youk

  15. Not George Steinbrenner says:

    Still wish we signed Reynolds. Completely irrational reasoning by me, but I don’t know if I can/want to root for this guy.

    • vin says:

      I wish Reynolds played a better 3B. But then he probably would’ve signed for more than 6 mil.

    • RetroRob says:

      I would have taken Reynolds is he was a DH and as a back-up to the back-up 3B’man. He is probably the worst fielder in the game. The year he hit 37 HRs and had about 80 walks he still was less than a one win player. His fielding is that bad. Youkilis is Brooks Robinson compared to Reynolds.

  16. You should have shot Arod says:



  17. The Real Eddard says:

    They did something! This is a start. Youk will be a great addition to the ballclub. Get Ichiro and Raul signed and we have the makings of a quality lineup and bench.

  18. CountryClub says:

    He’s easily one of my 5 most hated players. They needed a 3rd baseman, so it is what is, but I won’t be cheering for him (I won’t be booing him either). I’m just ambivalent.

  19. Dropped Third says:

    Just started growing a youk goatee of my own. Im all for this move maybe he’ll have some clutch moments in New York and piss off sox fans.

  20. Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM) says:

    Lana’s enthusiasm for Stir-Friday is about the level of enthusiasm I have for this.

  21. Mike HC says:

    Great news!

  22. djyank says:

    july 20th lineup:

    arod (ibanez will PH in late innings every game of 2013)

    (bench – no need for backup 1b because of youk)
    scott harrison?


  23. DZ says:

    I called for this signing a few months ago and got shit on….

    Also, took way too much, bidding against ourselves again. When the indians signed reynolds, it essentially took them out of the youk market. We should have changed the offer to 1/8 (the 4million matters when it’s the difference between getting schierholtz/martin)

  24. You should have shot Arod says:

    This is as bad as signing Bin Ladin to play for us.

  25. Matt DiBari says:

    If the options were Youkilis or the fan with the lucky ticket every game, I’ll take Big Ugly

  26. Reggie44 says:

    Wow we just won the World Series with this move….. Yeah right. NOT.

  27. Betty Lizard says:

    I love baseball because anything can happen. And then I hate baseball because anything can happen . . .

    I do find that denial, while not a long term solution, can easily get me through a month or two.
    And anything that gets me out of my comfort zone is potentially a good thing.

    But is there anything I can do to get Swisher signed? Just speculating. Sell my soul to the devil? I’ll do it. (Again.) Satan, are you listening?

    It’s a blow to lose two of my favorite players and have another (Alex Rodriguez) on the DL and facing an uncertain future.

  28. Hornets686 says:

    Hopefully he fails the physical and then we have to trade for Chase Headley! Haven’t we learned we don’t need more over hill players! It has gotten us no where! We could trade Granderson, get Headley, and sign Hamilton for RF then we’d be going places!

    • The Real Greg says:

      Did Raul Ibanez teach you anything last year?

    • BJ says:

      Oh ok, yeah we’ll just get Headley. We’ll just do that.

      What exactly would we give up for him?

    • BK2ATL says:

      Now why again would San Diego want 1 year of Curtis Granderson for $15 million????? And give up their stud 3B that everyone wants in on, to boot???

      • Rick says:

        Because the owner is secretly a Yankees fan, obviously. But these hypothetical trades that work in our favor sound so easy!!!

      • Hornets686 says:

        Not Granderson for Headley… Granderson for some type of prospects or 3 way trade… or in a package to get Headley… 2/3 of our top 10 prospects and some other lesser prospects should work with Ivan Nova!

    • MannyGeee says:

      Hey, don’t sign over the Hill Youk…. Unless we can pay 5x as much for over the hill next year Josh Hamilton! Good thinking.

  29. mustang says:

    I’m just happy that they sign somebody.

    Tears running down my face.

  30. You should have shot Arod says:

    Like the saying goes
    We all root for a bunck of laundry (yankee uniforms)

  31. Rob says:

    I told my friends that if they signed Youk I was seriously considering taking one baseball season off from rooting for the Yankees. Now this may happen, which would be tough considering it might be Rivera’s last year. I just hate the way this team is currently constructed. They keep getting older, have put 2 of the 20yr old starters -Hughes, Nova – on the block, have A-Rod, Tex, CC all locked in at ridiculous deals for 5 more years. Plus will clearly be put in a position to pay Cano a similar long term deal next off-season. It’s just a matter of time before the age takes a serious toll on a season, but with every major player on the team over 30, the chances of that happening triple. Sadly I think in 2014 they will be in even worse shape. Would love if they could somehow flip Granderson for a young outfielder, they are in desperate need of a core player under 30. Now throw Youkalis into the mix, arguably the most hated Red Sox of the past 10 years, aside from Schilling who is my all time hated athlete, and of course Papi – but he did roids so he’s a phony.
    Not a good day to be a Yankee fan, in my opinion.

  32. Pasqua says:

    Fine, but I still won’t defend him when he throws his first hissy fit.

  33. Reggie44 says:

    Hornets686 you haven’t been paying attn it seems, its not in the 189 budget.

  34. You should have shot Arod says:

    Maybe k long can fix that stupid cheap stripper on a pole in dive bar batting stance.

  35. JobaWockeeZ says:

    I hate Youk. Good signing though.

  36. Gerald Williams says:


  37. Reggie44 says:

    Don’t worry Jorge will be the back up it goes with our plan everybody on the team will be 40 plus years old

  38. 42isNotMortal says:

    Watch Youk pull a Chavez, 2011 version. Brought on as insurance to A-Rod’s health and ends up missing significant time himself.

    The 12 million part, I don’t care as it’s not my money and it doesn’t have any 2014+ impact, but for what it’s worth, no one else seemed to be coming close to 12 for an AAV with only one other formal offer publicly released from Cleveland for 2/18. After Cleveland was out on Youk, I wonder how much of an overpay 12 ended up being?

  39. Nathan says:

    Wow…this is going to be weird:

    1) seeing Youkilis in pinstripes
    2) Youkilis clean shaven
    3) cheering for him
    4) seeing him and Joba together for the first time

  40. Nathan says:

    Would it be a faux pas to still wear my “F YOUK” shirt now that he’s on the Yankees?

  41. The Real Greg says:

    The power of WAR

    Reynolds: -0.1 WAR
    Youkilis: 0.2 with BOS and 1.1 with CHW.

  42. Reggie44 says:

    Cross out youk and put Hal instead.

  43. You should have shot Arod says:

    Joba should put a ball in his locker with a smily face on it.

  44. michael says:

    I fuking hate this move and the yankee thinking that a 10 year vet is the only option to fill in open positions. really geting sick of this team i have followed my whole life.

    Explain to me why this is a better option than what i think should clearly happen.

    Start with this..2 players playing a full season each

    240 avg. 14hrs 64rbi 0sb wont guess on runs scored

    282 avg. 13hrs 60rbi 50sbs easily more runs than 1st player

    1st is avg def no range, 2nd is weaker def , more range error prone

    Please …someone here try to convince me kevin useless produces / is worth more runs overall than eduardo nunez over a full season.

    This before u consider the likelyhood each stays healthy and 12m tag

    And for those who jump to say defense… Remember we have a gold glove 1b picking balls and most of nunez errors result in singles…not automatic runs or triples like when grandy butchers 1 every couple games

    We are a low walk and error team..we can absorb some errors.

    Nunez by a mile

    • Darren says:

      yeah, no.

    • wilk says:

      jeez, those are optimistic nunie projections. i mean, 50 sbs? really?

      also, i notice obp and slg are conveniently ignored here

      • fat jeter says:

        dude, mlb career for nunez in almost 450 at-bats: .272/.318/.384
        it certainly doesn’t blow you away, but it’s not horrible. the knock on nunez is errors, not his bat. remember the mantra. he can’t field, he can’t field. eduardo scissorhands, eduardo scissorhands. just keep repeating it to yourself.

    • fat jeter says:

      agreed. i assume they simply need nunez too much at ss though.
      hopefully david adams gets some work in at 3b for during spring training and for scranton. we may need him.

    • MannyGeee says:

      “And for those who jump to say defense… Remember we have a gold glove 1b picking balls and most of nunez errors result in singles…”

      Your whole response is complete and utter shit. But in the sake of time I will focus solely on this little nugget.

      A gold glove 1b didn’t help him from booting many many many many many balls last season. And unless you are signing stretch Armstrong to pick those bottle rockets out of the sky and the second row behind 1b, those routine outs that a 3b of even average defensive ability will make become automatic doubles.

    • Jim Is Bored says:

      Are you…9?

  45. flamingo says:

    I can’t stand the guy, but he seems to be the best option. Especially since throwing the farm at the Padres never became any sort of possibility.

    I hope he helps us win, though. (But I will look away every time his stupid batting stance is shown. Some things never change.)

    • You should have shot Arod says:

      And this comes from a guy named Flamingo.
      Mo’s final year and on thirdbase he has to see the toxic avenger.
      George is spinning in his grave.

  46. TopChuckie says:

    If he hits a walk-off against the Red Sox maybe this will start to feel ok, but at the moment it feels like they let a double-agent into their midst and the way he made them wait and squirm before he accepted their overpay only makes it more annoying and puts a bad taste in my mouth.

  47. Suzyn Waldman says:

    Ya know what John? This just goes to show, you really cannot predict baseball

  48. Corporate Scum says:

    I get this as a baseball move, and don’t really disagree, but I have to say it:


    Gross, gross, gross, gross, gross….

  49. Miked says:

    Oh no. Hopefully he fails the physical.

  50. cgreen says:

    what the fuck is wrong with the front office? no matter how you argue it, he is possibly the most hated player in yankee history and it’s not like yankee fans don’t like him because of his skills, it’s because of his personality and on/off the field antics. great job yankees, you got your token, old, washed-up all star and pissed off a great deal of fans in the process.

    • Januz says:

      I really cannot stand Arod, and do not care what he thinks. That said, trust me there are more despised Yankee players than Arod. Ed Whitson, Carl Pavano & Ricky Henderson (Even Phil Rizzuto ripped him)come to mind. In case anyone thinks Youkilis, will be Public Enemy # 1, keep in mind, as hated Red Sox are concerned he was nothing like Clemens (When he played in Boston), Fisk, Lynn, Pedro, Papi, Schilling, Papelbon, and of course, Manny. I wish him well (Particularly against the Sox in Fenway).

      • Cuso says:

        I was there for ALL the Rickey days…..including the time immediately before and immediately after both A’s trades. Rickey was never hated that much by Yankee fans. Why would he be? He may never have been truly “loved” by any of his home fanbases, but certainly not reviled.

    • DT says:

      Who else do you want? Are we supposed to ignore every FA that our fans might not like?

  51. The Real Greg says:

    People are overreacting to this with way too much vitriol.

    This is a business. The Yankees made a good baseball decision.

  52. MannyGeee says:

    May all your called 3rd strikes be heavily contested…

  53. wilk says:

    make a few more good signings and we’ll be able to cobble together a decent lineup next year.
    sign pierzynski, ichiro, hairston, drew, maybe berkman, and we could play this lineup:

    gardner LF
    jeter SS
    cano 2B
    teixeira 1B
    granderson CF
    youkilis 3B
    pierzynski C
    berkman DH
    ichiro RF

    with hairston, romine, drew, and dickerson making up the bench. certainly not world-beaters, and not the youngest team ever (understatement) but that team could at least make a run at the division with our pitching.

  54. You should have shot Arod says:

    Hey can we trade for Beer and Wings Beckett too.

  55. amanda says:

    yay!!!!! now kevin usedtokillus is kevin ukillthem !!!

  56. Comrade Al says:

    Cue the Sterling HR call contest.

  57. panos says:

    sorry jeter should be moved to third. yuk is fat slow and sox. 12 million down the drain cash

  58. You should have shot Arod says:

    We can sign pierzynski now
    There is no way he is a bigger asshole than youlklis

  59. Adam says:

    “The 2013 New York Yankees: We might suck, but, hey, at least they’re all only one-year deals!”

  60. Steve says:

    Youk is a skinhead… Good choice signing him..A Roid is useless as useless is… Lets do this…

    • Andy Pettitte's Fibula (formerly Manny's BanWagon) says:

      Isn’t Arod gonna be back by May anyway?

      4 months from mid January should have him on the field by early May ready to play 120+ games at 3B so I have been told.

      Still can use Youk as DH/Backup 1st and 3rd.

      • fat jeter says:

        a-rod will be back in may, jeter will be ready by april. sure. keep telling yourself that.

        • Andy Pettitte's Fibula (formerly Manny's BanWagon) says:

          I don’t really believe that, I was being sarcastic.

          I personally would set the over/under on the amount of games Arod plays at 3rd base at 40 and I’d bet the under.

    • vicki says:

      what? the hell?

    • JMK says:

      Choosing to shave your head and being a “skinhead” are very different things. But I’m sure your grammar school education has taught you that already and you’re just choosing to be a dick.

  61. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Nothing I love more than stealing a Red Sox hero. I look forward, Kevin, to your first shave and shower. You’re going to like the way you look.

    I like the move and hope that playing alongside some former rivals he respects will rejuvenate him in 2013. If this is the way you’re going to stopgap positions until you get past the celery cap, veterans with Youk’s experience are what I like to see.

  62. LarryM., Fl. says:

    Youk will be wearing the pinstripes with the NY that is enough for me. Root for him he’s on our team.

  63. vicki says:

    apologies for the broken record, but could’ve spent that money on russ and chavez. sigh.

  64. DZ says:

    I know gamer is a word we tend to think is overused, but this one of the few times where it is completely accurate. This is one of them, youk doesn’t do things that blow people away, but he plays hard, is sure to be a strong veteran presence in that locker room, and bring some toughness that this club lacks. With all that said, 12 million is still an overpayment.

  65. fat jeter says:

    Everytime Youk used to come up I used to scream “Throw it at his fucking head!” at my TV (joba heard me, a couple of times, really). The cool thing about doing it now is that we’ll get a baserunner out of it.

  66. endlessjose says:

    They sell $3.5 million tickets a year,sell the most merchandising in thw world,a network worth $3 billion and they get over $100 million to play the games a year and yet the Yankees are penny pinching like the Rays.

  67. Dave says:

    Be interesting to see what # he wears. Sure won’t be 20! Maybe he’ll take the Rocket’s old # 22!

  68. You should have shot Arod says:

    How many big hits to left center that are harmless fly balls?
    This aint Fenway.

  69. IkeMaxisa says:

    Hopefully Joba shanks him in the shower.

  70. TinoBambino24 says:

    I wanted to Buster Posey, but she only wanted me to Pettitte.

  71. Bo Knows says:

    This will be interesting, Youk is going to be the first player plunked by his own teammate in a game.

  72. pistol pete says:

    Great sign, a veteran with post season experience who takes pitches works counts plays both corner infield positions and is only in for a year protecting the 2014 luxury tax plan. Ichiro is next and then hopefully a catcher. Ichiro Jeter Cano Youk Tex Grandy DH catcher Gardner. We can find a hundred DH’s but where are we going to find a catcher, no way we go with Cervelli Stewart or Romine.

  73. Erica says:

    Hmmmm. Does Bald Vinny have to trash his F*CK YOUK tee shirts now?

  74. Miked says:

    Well at least we won’t have to watch them get eliminated in the first round when they don’t make the playoffs

  75. Wayne says:

    That stinks we lose out first round draft pick with youk on the team. This draft is going to be starting pitching deep in first round. Remember the ñame Kyle Richter in this draft we could have had him with the first round pick!

  76. JMK says:

    As long as we get Matt Harrison to platoon with Ichiro in RF we’ll be fine. He has a really strong arm for RF.

  77. Dale Mohorcic says:

    I will root for the uniform and continue to detest youkilis.

  78. Dan says:

    One of my favorite things in baseball was watching joba throw at him every at bat. How I will miss this :(

  79. YanksFanInBeantown says:


    Replace “Youk” with “Swisher” and this is an Over the Monster comments section.

    Stop crying, he’s a good player and a good teammate who gives his all on every play. You guys would be bitching about signing Paul O’Neill if he had played for the Red Sox, wouldn’t you?

    The only people who didn’t like him in Boston were Bobby Valentine and Josh Beckett. I can’t think of a better endorsement.

  80. Deep Thoughts says:

    Just as long as it’s understood that uniform #20 is off-limits.

    I say give him #21.

  81. Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM) says:

    So…Joba and Youk in the same locker room. That alone is worth this signing that I’m still not a fan of. Not because he’s Youkilis, even though that’s tough to swallow…but because he’s a declining, injury prone, former great third baseman who knows how to take a walk, has a little pop from the right side and plays solid D. We already have one of those.

  82. dkidd says:

    it is high, it is far, it is…gone!!!

    his bread doesn’t leaven, but his swing is pure heaven!!!


  83. Beepernps says:

    I never hated Youk. I never liked him up against the Yanks. Next to Pedroia and Ortiz, he always came up with the big Hit. I think if he’s healthy hes going to be great. I would rather see him in the big Moment than Robby. Maybe he can whip some baseball grit into Robby as an enforcer.

  84. ClusterDuck says:

    I never did hate Youkilis as much as others hate him. After all, he’s a tough clutch hitter that will be good to have on our side.

    Now Papalbon and Pedro, those are two Red Sox that I’ll always hate.

    All that good said in defense of Youk, it’s still accurate to describe him as a whiney baby. Those two Joba pitches over Youk’s fat head weren’t even close.

  85. mustang says:

    IT’S NOT !!!!!

  86. You should have shot Arod says:

    Youlk is pinstripes Is like
    Like finding a turd in the punch bowl.
    A loud fart in church
    Finding out the girl you love is your cousin
    Kissing grandma goodnight and having her slip you the tongue
    Dating a playmate and ending up with an Std

    • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM) says:

      1.If you find a turd in the punch bowl you have to question your choice in friends
      2. A loud fart in church is hysterical. Even if I did it, I’d be the first laughing.
      3. WTF, how distant is your family that they live close enough for you to meet your cousin, but you dont know it’s your cousin.
      4. Why are you (a grown man) kissing your grandma on the mouth. Cheek all the way.
      5. If you don’t wear a condom you’re going to have a bad time.

    • MannyGeee (2 WAR a month Playa!) says:

      TIL: Alanis Morrissette is a Yankees Fan. Isn’t it ironic?

  87. MB923 says:

    Lol and to make more bad news for those Sawx fans, Mike Napoli may have failed his physical

  88. I Collect Brett Gardner Cards says:

    So, i understand the one year contract thing, keeping things free for 2014′s $189 but who’s gonna fill out the team next year?
    The Farm help wont be ready yet, right? Is it another year of placeholder players?

    Just curious as to how they have this mapped out.

  89. Joba is Einhorn...Einhorn is Joba says:

    wow…so much hate for youk..the players don’t matter anymore in baseball – this isnt 1950. i remember when petitte left and they brought brown in (one of the biggest jerks in baseball)… i forgot about andy overnight and became a brown fan

    after his first game winning hit he will be welcomed into the team just as every other jerk has been since the advent of free agency

    • YanksFanInBeantown says:

      You forgot about Andy overnight? That’s a little cold, I still followed him when he was an Astro.

      Hell, I followed Montero all last year out of loyalty, not just spite.

      • Joba is Einhorn...Einhorn is Joba says:

        guess i root for the laundry to a fault. honestly, if jeter left the team i would just ignore him until he retired

  90. Rich in NJ says:

    OT, but:

    Mick Jagger doing the Top 10 List on Letterman:

    #1 You start out playing rock n’roll so you can have sex and do drugs, but you end up doing drugs so you can still play rock n’ roll and have sex

  91. Jimmy McNulty says:

    This sucks, but lets face it: with the 189 cap, the A-Rod contract, the Teixeira contract, and the entire farm blowing up in the same year the Yankees weren’t doing anything special.

    • Get Phelps Up says:

      The entire farm didn’t blow up last year. Some players had disappointing/injury plagued seasons, but others took big steps forward.

      • Jimmy McNulty says:

        Who is there that’s really ready for trade bait for a legitimate player? Are they going to acquire an Asdrubal Cabrera let alone a Justin Upton with this farm?

        • Get Phelps Up says:

          3 prospects in the top 39 of Baseball America’s midseason rankings.

          And Arizona wants a shortstop and the Yankees don’t really have that. Not because their farm system sucks, they just don’t have a major league ready shortstop.

          • Jimmy McNulty says:

            Things have changed between midseason and now.

            • YanksFanInBeantown says:

              That’s true. Heathcott had a huge end of the year and AFL. He might be a top 50 prospect now too.

              • Jimmy McNulty says:

                Yeah I’m guessing Austin will drop off, though.

                • YanksFanInBeantown says:

                  Why? He had a 144 wRC+ in Tampa. The park is known for suppressing power, and the league is known for suppressing offense.

                • MannyGeee (2 WAR a month Playa!) says:

                  Soooo… Did their farm really drop off, or are you cherry picking guys that DID take a step back and including the ones you EXPECT TO drop off to build a strawman argument?

                  Reality check: No farm system in the game gets better EVERY YEAR, and all players do not develop in the same trajectory. Take, for example… Kevin Youkilis. Didn’t hit the game until VERY LATE in the typical prospect lifecycle, and was a mega-player when he did it.

                  They can’t all be Mike Trout, you know

              • G says:

                Considering they ranked Heathcott as our #2 prospect between Williams and Sanchez and, contrary to whatever’s being said below, Austin will move up if anything, the Yankees could have 4 top 35 prospects.

  92. Harris says:

    My question is when Arod does come back, does Youkilis become the LF/RF against lefties? Would get ugly, but I’m fine with him faking one of those positions against lefties every so often. And then against righties with everyone healthy, I imagine he would DH/backup 3B/backup 1B. Overall, whether Youk returns to previous form or not, he gives them a solid, versatile bat that when healthy should prove to be valuable to the Yanks. I also like Diaz as an option to fill the Andrew Jones/Scott Hairston lefty masher role. He’s always been great against lefties, and makes for a solid 4th OF who would prolly take a 1 year deal.

    • YanksFanInBeantown says:

      He’ll probably play more 3B than A-Rod once A-Rod gets back. Alex will spell Youk at 3B to let him DH, not the other way around.

    • fuster says:

      if and when A-Rod is ready to field 3B, Youk can DH or sit or give Tex a day off.

      even Nunez looks better in the outfield.

    • MannyGeee (2 WAR a month Playa!) says:

      no way in hell. Youk is a 1B/3B (kind of)/DH.

      he cant even fake an outfield position. At least A-Rod is quick, if you’re gonna find someone to imagine faking the position, should be him. Not like either of them is Cal Ripkin-sturdy.

  93. fuster says:

    well, if Cashman can get the Marlins to send over Stanton to be our righthanded-hitting outfielder, we just might be OK, even with a catcher who can’t hit

  94. joe says:

    Yankees should have simply chanced Nunez’s defense. I don’t like Youkilis. Patient hitting is playing right into the hand of pitchers who throw first pitch strikes. Believe when I tell you, I analyze every single at bat like a hawk. This team is a downright disaster when it comes to approaching top starting pitchers who throw first pitch strikes. The days of the patient hitting approach being a success against top caliber starting pitchers are long gone. Nowadays more top caliber starting pitchers are throwing more 1st pitch strikes than ever before. Youkilis is a guy that against a pitcher throwing first pitch strikes will a lot of times let good pitches to hit go by in order to get into a hitter’s count. The way baseball is today, you need more aggressive hitters. A patient hitter has no defense against guys throwing first pitch strikes. A guy who is an aggressive hitter will have better odds against pitchers who throw first pitch strikes than hitters who let good pitches go by and fall behind in the count 0-1.

  95. Juke Early says:

    Along with all these stellar signings, NYY new logo will be the Statue of Liberty -

    “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. . ..” throw in aging too.

  96. stuart a says:

    Youkilis is a teenager on this team. I am fine with the signing. 1 yr… he takes alot of pitches, makes all the plays he should make.

    very good against lefties, good rationale signing….

    key is the 1 year.

  97. Warfield42 says:

    A one year (hopefully thats all) hiatus from the team Brian Cashman is clueless to operate. There are some guys that should not EVER be Yankees…Mr. Potato Head, VeriShrek, Schilling, Beckett, CLEMENS, etc. Jason Nix isn’t much, but he’s better than Mr. Potato head defensively and will hit very similarly at this point – maybe 10 less HR’s in 500 AB’s with a higher average, but CASHman wants name recognition PERIOD because he just paid $11.5 million MORE for the lesser player…essentially for a 3 month rental. Nunez is MUCH better today (& 12 mil. cheaper – he’s on the roster)! Ya might wanna figure out a way to get a #1 starter (King Felix) cause CC’s a 2 today. Where do we fit MORE garbage in the line-up when A-batross comes back? Lets put him 3rd & surround him with Granderson, A-batross & Tex – plenty of punch in that heart of the line-up. This move sickens me. No Yankees baseball this summer. 1 year Cardinals fan. Great system that we can’t replace a single loss from within(P, C, OF, 3B?)…way to build it up Brian. There are certain things that guy just doesn’t get. The 2nd worst signing in my 54 yrs. of being a die-hard life-long fan (Clemens #1). Unbelievable, unfathomable, unthinkable. Take CASHman’s wallet away & whaddya got…NOTHING!!!

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      Not sure if you were intentionally going for comedy, but I laughed. Well done.

    • Monterowasnotdinero says:

      I agree (sadly) with this. With Nunez you will get errors but you will get infield hits, stolen bases, pressure on opposing pitchers to throw strikes when he’s on base, upside with gap power, less gidps. A dedicated ST at 3B would have sufficed and saved us 11.5M.

      To think 2 years ago we would have Youk and not Montero in our starting lineup….I could take a year off too.

      No #28 in 2013

  98. Another Bronx Dynasty says:

    Man this team is getting old quick. Wasn’t Cashman’s plan to get younger and more athletic?

    I guess Hal’s plan of $189M taes over in spite of downgrading this team.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      33 years old, btw. 33.

      Also, what is he supposed to do, water Slade Heathcott so that he becomes MLB ready quicker?

      • Warfield42 says:

        At some point ya gotta go with ‘some’ youth from within. 2 of the past 3 years SF has won the WS with horse manure line-ups that (other than Buster Posey COMPLETELY changed over). They have to move these kids…we’re 3 years away from seeing ANYTHING from the farm because we love old guys! Give one/two a shot in the Spring & go with it if it works a bit, otherwise, revert to Nunez. This was a CASHman panic move strictly based on name recognition because he screwed the pooch on Chavez. We ‘should’ (sacriledge) trade Cano (my favorite Yankee today), before numnuts enters into ANOTHER killer contract, with a pkg. for King Felix because we cannot beat ACE caliber guys in short series & we don’t have one to compete with them. CC’s a #2 (the best #2 in the game), but he’s not the Ace we need to compete with Verlander, Price or the likes of Kershaw, etc. anymore. He can’t beat them.

        • Jim Is Bored says:

          Who would trade for Cano when they could sign him in 1 year?

          Which is the only point I could figure out from a paragraph that begged for some line breaks.

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          Who is this youth you’d trust right now?

          • Warfield42 says:

            Nobody in particular but the thought of ‘trying out’ David Adams or Corben Joseph, hell, even Tyler Austin, with Nunez in their back pocket is a bit smarter than grossly overpaying a has been thats hated by your fan base. Nobody would’ve given FYouk half that money & is the difference between he (today – not 2-3 yrs. ago version) & Jason Nix even, worth $11.5 million more?

  99. Jim Is Bored says:

    So how many of these comments are irritated red sox fans?

  100. DJ4K&Monterowasdinero says:

    The Downsiders.

    Our new nickname…

  101. MB923 says:

    Yankees have officially signed Ichiro, though no details on the amount of $ or even the amount of years.

  102. [...] YES « Yankees to sign Kevin Youkilis Dec [...]

  103. I am not the droids you're looking for... says:

    Can’t wait to wear my Yankees Youk jersey to Fenway.

  104. [...] Yankees plugged their third base hole last night, agreeing to sign Kevin Youkilis to a one-year contract worth $12M. As I wrote yesterday, every win added to the team’s ledger this offseason will [...]

  105. Warfield42 says:

    For some reason ‘reply’ wouldn’t work above…to ‘Jim is bored’ – Seattle (for 1) wouldn’t have a shot at Cano in the open market, but bringing him in via trade shows their desire to keep him around & they ‘may’ believe they can hammer out a deal through the course of the year without him getting away. OBVIOUSLY the pkg. would have to include higher ceiling bump pieces (Hughes & Nova, plus a Montgomery or Banuelos) with Seattle including a B tier prospect as well.
    And about the line breaks…you’re bored? I’m guessin’ your wife has been for a long time. Geez dude, grammar check? Really?

  106. [...] about a potential comeback in the wake of Alex Rodriguez‘s new hip injury. The team instead signed Kevin Youkilis to fill-in at third base. Cody Ransom, who filled in for A-Rod during his first hip [...]

  107. [...] Yankees plugged two big position player holes last week. First they signed Kevin Youkilis to a one-year deal worth $12M to play third base, then they re-signing Ichiro Suzuki to a two-year, $13M deal to play right [...]

  108. [...] our last installment, the Yankees have signed Kevin Youkilis, re-signed Ichiro Suzuki, and avoided arbitration with Brett Gardner. Here’s [...]

  109. Brady2Welker says:

    I have two words for Youkilis.

    Fucking traitor.

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