NEW YORK — A person familiar with the negotiations said free agent Kevin Youkilis and the New York Yankees have reached agreement on a one-year deal.
The contract is worth $12 million and pending a physical. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement.
The deal was first reported by Fox Sports.
Youkilis is expected to play third base while Alex Rodriguez recovers from hip surgery. A-Rod plans to have the surgery in mid-January and could be sidelined until the All-Star break or beyond.
Reds, Indians trade outfielders
The Cleveland Indians traded outfielder Shin-Soo Choo to Cincinnati for outfielder Drew Stubbs.
Choo batted .283 with 16 homers and 67 RBIs in 155 games last season.
Stubbs batted .213 with 14 homers and 40 RBIs, and struck out 166 times in 493 at-bats.
Dodgers introduce Greinke
Zack Greinke showed up alone to a mid-November meeting at Dodger Stadium, asking as many questions as he answered. When he left three hours later, the pitcher thought he may have found his new team while the Dodgers brass knew they had to land the top arm on the open market.
They did, signing Greinke to a $147 million, six-year deal that is the richest for a right-hander in history.
Greinke says he decided on the Dodgers because he believes they have a team in place that could win the World Series for several years. He says their offense is as deep as any team in baseball.
Arizona signs McCarthy
Right-hander Brandon McCarthy and the Arizona Diamondbacks finalized their deal on a $15.5 million, two-year contract.
Oakland’s opening day starter last season, McCarthy was hit in the right side of the head by a line drive off the bat of the Los Angeles Angels’ Erick Aybar on Sept. 5. The 29-year-old pitcher sustained an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and skull fracture, then underwent a two-hour surgery.
Last month, the 6-foot-7 McCarthy was cleared by renowned concussion expert, Dr. Michael Collins, to begin working out and resuming his regular offseason routine.