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Youk Heading To the Yankees

  • FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2012, file photo, Chicago White Sox's Kevin Youkilis watches his grand slam off a pitch by New York Yankees' Ivan Nova during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Chicago. A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press Tuesday, Dec. 11, that free agent Youkilis and the New York Yankees have reached agreement on a $12 million, one-year deal. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2012, file photo, Chicago White Sox's Kevin Youkilis watches his grand slam off a pitch by New York Yankees' Ivan Nova during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Chicago. A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press Tuesday, Dec. 11, that free agent Youkilis and the New York Yankees have reached agreement on a $12 million, one-year deal. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

  • FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2012, file photo, Chicago White Sox's Kevin Youkilis watches his grand slam off a pitch by New York Yankees' Ivan Nova during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Chicago. A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press Tuesday, Dec. 11, that free agent Youkilis and the New York Yankees have reached agreement on a $12 million, one-year deal. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2012, file photo, Chicago White Sox's Kevin Youkilis watches his grand slam off a pitch by New York Yankees' Ivan Nova during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Chicago. A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press Tuesday, Dec. 11, that free agent Youkilis and the New York Yankees have reached agreement on a $12 million, one-year deal. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

  • FILE - In this July 28, 2012, file photo, Chicago White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis (20) makes a play on the ball during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas. A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press Tuesday, Dec. 11, that free agent Youkilis and the New York Yankees have reached agreement on a $12 million, one-year deal. (AP Photo/Matt Strasen, File)

    FILE - In this July 28, 2012, file photo, Chicago White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis (20) makes a play on the ball during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas. A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press Tuesday, Dec. 11, that free agent Youkilis and the New York Yankees have reached agreement on a $12 million, one-year deal. (AP Photo/Matt Strasen, File)

  • FILE - In this July 28, 2012, file photo, Chicago White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis (20) makes a play on the ball during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas. A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press Tuesday, Dec. 11, that free agent Youkilis and the New York Yankees have reached agreement on a $12 million, one-year deal. (AP Photo/Matt Strasen, File)

    FILE - In this July 28, 2012, file photo, Chicago White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis (20) makes a play on the ball during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas. A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press Tuesday, Dec. 11, that free agent Youkilis and the New York Yankees have reached agreement on a $12 million, one-year deal. (AP Photo/Matt Strasen, File)

  • FILE - In this file photo taken Sept. 17, 2012, the NHL logo is seen on a goal at a Nashville Predators practice rink in Nashville, Tenn. The NHL eliminated 16 more days from the regular-season schedule Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, and if a deal with the players' association isn't reached soon the whole season could be lost. The league wiped out all games through Dec. 30 in its latest round of cancellations. Negotiations between the league and the players' association broke off last week, but NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Sunday the sides are trying to restart talks this week. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, file)

    FILE - In this file photo taken Sept. 17, 2012, the NHL logo is seen on a goal at a Nashville Predators practice rink in Nashville, Tenn. The NHL eliminated 16 more days from the regular-season schedule Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, and if a deal with the players' association isn't reached soon the whole season could be lost. The league wiped out all games through Dec. 30 in its latest round of cancellations. Negotiations between the league and the players' association broke off last week, but NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Sunday the sides are trying to restart talks this week. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, file)

  • FILE - In this June 24, 2012, file photo, Boston Red Sox's Kevin Youkilis tips his helmet as he comes off the field after hitting a triple and being replaced with a pinch runner in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Boston. A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press Tuesday, Dec. 11, that free agent Youkilis and the New York Yankees have reached agreement on a $12 million, one-year deal. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

    FILE - In this June 24, 2012, file photo, Boston Red Sox's Kevin Youkilis tips his helmet as he comes off the field after hitting a triple and being replaced with a pinch runner in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Boston. A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press Tuesday, Dec. 11, that free agent Youkilis and the New York Yankees have reached agreement on a $12 million, one-year deal. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

  • FILE - In this June 24, 2012, file photo, Boston Red Sox's Kevin Youkilis tips his helmet as he comes off the field after hitting a triple and being replaced with a pinch runner in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Boston. A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press Tuesday, Dec. 11, that free agent Youkilis and the New York Yankees have reached agreement on a $12 million, one-year deal. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

    FILE - In this June 24, 2012, file photo, Boston Red Sox's Kevin Youkilis tips his helmet as he comes off the field after hitting a triple and being replaced with a pinch runner in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Boston. A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press Tuesday, Dec. 11, that free agent Youkilis and the New York Yankees have reached agreement on a $12 million, one-year deal. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

  • FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2012, file photo, Chicago White Sox's Kevin Youkilis watches his grand slam off a pitch by New York Yankees' Ivan Nova during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Chicago. A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press Tuesday, Dec. 11, that free agent Youkilis and the New York Yankees have reached agreement on a $12 million, one-year deal. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
  • FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2012, file photo, Chicago White Sox's Kevin Youkilis watches his grand slam off a pitch by New York Yankees' Ivan Nova during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Chicago. A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press Tuesday, Dec. 11, that free agent Youkilis and the New York Yankees have reached agreement on a $12 million, one-year deal. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
  • FILE - In this July 28, 2012, file photo, Chicago White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis (20) makes a play on the ball during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas. A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press Tuesday, Dec. 11, that free agent Youkilis and the New York Yankees have reached agreement on a $12 million, one-year deal. (AP Photo/Matt Strasen, File)
  • FILE - In this July 28, 2012, file photo, Chicago White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis (20) makes a play on the ball during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas. A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press Tuesday, Dec. 11, that free agent Youkilis and the New York Yankees have reached agreement on a $12 million, one-year deal. (AP Photo/Matt Strasen, File)
  • FILE - In this file photo taken Sept. 17, 2012, the NHL logo is seen on a goal at a Nashville Predators practice rink in Nashville, Tenn. The NHL eliminated 16 more days from the regular-season schedule Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, and if a deal with the players' association isn't reached soon the whole season could be lost. The league wiped out all games through Dec. 30 in its latest round of cancellations. Negotiations between the league and the players' association broke off last week, but NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Sunday the sides are trying to restart talks this week. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, file)
  • FILE - In this June 24, 2012, file photo, Boston Red Sox's Kevin Youkilis tips his helmet as he comes off the field after hitting a triple and being replaced with a pinch runner in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Boston. A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press Tuesday, Dec. 11, that free agent Youkilis and the New York Yankees have reached agreement on a $12 million, one-year deal. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
  • FILE - In this June 24, 2012, file photo, Boston Red Sox's Kevin Youkilis tips his helmet as he comes off the field after hitting a triple and being replaced with a pinch runner in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Boston. A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press Tuesday, Dec. 11, that free agent Youkilis and the New York Yankees have reached agreement on a $12 million, one-year deal. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

New York (ap) — Kevin Youkilis and the Yankees reached a deal yesterday, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press, returning the hard-nosed All-Star to the AL East and filling New York’s immediate need for a third baseman.

The one-year contract for $12 million is pending a physical. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement.

Youkilis is expected to play third base while Alex Rodriguez recovers from hip surgery. Rodriguez plans to have the surgery in mid-January and could be sidelined until the All-Star break or beyond.

Eric Chavez, A-Rod’s backup for most of last season, joined Arizona last week. The Yankees considered several options as a stopgap at third, including Jeff Keppinger and Mark Reynolds, but both accepted deals with other teams.

The Yankees made the offer to Youkilis last week at the baseball winter meetings. The agreement was first reported by Fox Sports.

Youkilis turns 34 in March. He played third base and first base last season for the Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox.

Youkilis was traded to the White Sox last June as Boston’s new management reshaped the Red Sox roster. He combined to hit a career-low .235 with 19 home runs and 60 RBIs.

An All-Star in 2008, 2009 and 2011, Youkilis won a Gold Glove at first base in 2007. He is a .283 hitter with 148 home runs in nine seasons, and was on Boston teams that won the World Series in 2004 and 2007.

For years, Youkilis was one of the more prominent faces in the fierce Red Sox-Yankees rivalry, and his intensity made him among the more popular players at Fenway Park. He and Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain had a feud that exemplified the ill will between the clubs — the inside fastballs that caused the trouble tapered off in recent seasons and now they’re teammates.

With the Yankees, Youkilis could also play first base to give Mark Teixeira a break and could be the designated hitter.

There is still uncertainty about when Rodriguez will return. He is a 14-time All-Star and baseball’s priciest player, with his current overall contract worth $275 million.

Rodriguez hit .272 with 18 home runs and 57 RBIs last season, and is fifth on the career homers list with 647. He slumped to .120 with zero RBIs in the playoffs, and was benched and replaced by a pinch hitter in key situations.