Alex Rodriguez is going to be out a while, which means the New York Yankees are going to have to find someone to productively fill his shoes until at least early-June. Lots of names have been floated around, but it seems that the Bombers are back to their old ways of stealing the Boston Red Sox used parts, as they’ve offered third baseman Kevin Youkilis a one year contract.
According to a report, the Yankees have very high interest in the former Red Sox but they’re not alone. As has been speculated forever, the Los Angeles Dodgers could be in play and they have the money to be too. Another wild card team in the Youkilis sweepstakes are the Cleveland Indians, now managed by Youkilis’ pal and former manager in Boston, Terry Francona.
The Yankees had a contingency plan in place, but they sort of dragged their feet on it. The plan was to have a platoon at third, which consisted of Eric Chavez and Jeff Keppinger rotating games.
However, Keppinger declined the Yankees two year deal for a three year deal with the White Sox, and Chavez took a $3 million deal with the Diamondbacks leaving the Bombers in a bit of jam.
Youkilis has demonstrated during his time in Chicago that he can indeed still hack it, and while he may not put up All-Star numbers, it speaks volumes that he’ll likely give the Yankees more consistent production at less than three times what New York is paying A-Rod.