The Yankees have some interest in bringing former Red Sox Kevin Youkilis in to play third base for them, but they have competition as Alex Speier of WEEI has reported that Youk already has multiple contract offers.
Youk is said to still be willing to listen to one-year offers, particularly from playoff caliber clubs like the Yankees, but is said to want a premium average annual value. That may mean coming close or even matching the $12 million he earned last season.
It’s hard to see the Yankees making that kind of commitment to Youkilis, but with Jeff Keppinger off the table, Yunel Escobar traded to the Rays, and Marco Scutaro re-signed with the Giants their options are dwindling. They could still re-sign Eric Chavez, but he cannot play every day and sucks against lefties. So the Yankees may have to man up and make a big boy offer to Youk if they want a decent third baseman this year.
Another option could be to call up David Adams and have him split time with Chavy. The problem with that is that the Yankees seem unsure that he’s ready. He still hasn’t played at the Triple-A level and has barely any experience at all at third base. He does hit lefties well though.