Third baseman Kevin Youkilis became a free agent at the end of 2012, and then agreed to a one-year contract worth $12 million with the New York Yankees. He is expected to be the Yankees’ third baseman while Alex Rodriguez recovers from offseason hip surgery.
“Youk,” played 953 games in a Red Sox uniform from 2004 to 2012, when he was traded to the White Sox. During manager Bobby Valentine’s only season with the Sox, he and Youkilis did not see eye-to-eye and Valentine publicly questioned Youkilis’s abilities. When rookie third baseman Will Middlebrooks played well after being called up, the Red Sox traded Youkilis in the middle of the season, and even paid part of his remaining salary to seal the deal.