Kevin Youkilis joins New York Yankees on busy day of MLB dealing

Last Updated: 12/12/12 8:19am

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Kevin Youkilis: The newest New York Yankee

Kevin Youkilis: The newest New York Yankee

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The New York Yankees have secured the services of former Boston Red Sox favourite Kevin Youkilis on a one-year $12m (£7.44m) deal.

Youkilis, who turns 34 in March, will join New York as their starting third baseman with Alex Rodriguez unlikely to feature before the middle of the season after undergoing hip surgery.

He split last season between the Red Sox and Chicago White Sox, who traded for him on 24 June for Brent Lillibridge and Zach Stewart.

But 2012 was his worst in the major leagues, with a career-low .235 batting average and 60 RBIs to go with his 19 home runs.

The Cincinnati Red Sox completed a three-team trade with the Cleveland Indians and Arizona Diamondbacks that brought them South Korean outfielder Shin-Soo Choo.

The Reds also picked up infielder Jason Donald and $3.5m (£2.17m) from Cleveland, with the Indians acquiring Drew Stubbs and pitching prospect Trevor Bauer among others.

Arizona received young shortstop Didi Gregorius from Cincinnati along with pitcher Tony Sipp and infielder Lars Anderson from the Indians.

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