The New York Yankees have made a one-year, $12-million offer to free-agent Kevin Youkilis, hoping to fill their void at third base, according to MLB.com.
Youkilis, 33, finished last season with the Chicago White Sox after spending his entire career with the Boston Red Sox. He batted a combined .235 with 19 homers and 60 RBIs.
Youkilis would fill the void left by Alex Rodriguez, who is expected to miss most of the first half of 2013 after having a second hip surgery.
The Yankees have spent this winter re-signing their own free agents in closer Mariano Rivera and pitchers Andy Pettitte and Hiroki Kuroda. They missed out on catcher Russell Martin, who signed a two-year deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Youkilis, who won a Gold Glove in 2007, can also play first base and provide insurance for Mark Teixeira.
Red Sox sign Uehara
Reliever Koji Uehara signed a one-year deal with the Boston Red Sox, according to a Dallas Morning News report.
Uehara, who will turn 38 in April, posted a 1.75 ERA in 36 innings with the Texas Rangers in 2012, though he missed time with a strained lat muscle. He’s expected to share end-of-the-game duties with Andrew Bailey and Junichi Tazawa in Boston’s bullpen.
Uehara is the sixth free agent to sign with the Red Sox, joining Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino, David Ortiz, Jonny Gomes and David Ross.
Phillies may get Young
The Texas Rangers and Philadelphia Phillies are discussing a trade involving Michael Young, multiple sources told The Dallas Morning News.
A source said Texas would have to absorb some of the $16 million owed to Young in 2013. Young must approve any deal, a right he’s earned as a 10-5 player (10 years in the majors, at least five with the same team).
Young, 36, could see reduced playing time if the Rangers decide to open a spot for Jurickson Profar withouth trading anyone. If Profar plays second, for example, Ian Kinsler could shift to first base or the outfield, slicing into Young’s playing time.
He batted .277 with eight homers and 67 RBIs in 651 plate appearances last season, his lowest batting average since his first full season in the big leagues, in 2002. Still, he has compiled six 200-plus seasons, the last one coming in 2011.
Meanwhile, the Rangers signed reliever Evan Meek, starters Randy Wells and Jake Brigham, and first baseman Brandon Allen to minor-league deals, according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Meek, 29, compiled a 2.14 ERA with the Pirates in 2010, but has since been been limited by a shoulder injury. Wells, 30, made 82 starts for the Cubs from 2009-11, but struggling with Triple-A Iowa in 2012.
Astros top Rule V draft
The Houston Astros, who have lost a combined 213 games over the last two seasons, and Florida Marlins, who have gutted their roster this winter after finishing last in the National League East, each made two picks in the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday as the Winter Meetings concludes at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Resort.
The Astros used the first overall selection to take right-hander Josh Fields from the Boston Red Sox. In the second round, Houston choose first baseman Nate Freiman from the San Diego Padres.
Fields, 27, was a combined 4-2 with 12 saves and a 2.01 ERA last season with Class AA Portland and Class AAA Pawtucket. He was the Seattle Mariners’ first-round pick in the 2008 amateur draft.
Freiman, 25, played at Class AA San Antonio this year and hit .298 with 24 home runs and 105 RBIs in 137 games. He’s a monstrous presence at the plate, standing 6-7. He left Duke as the school’s career home run leader and hit four home runs in 13 at-bats in the WBC as the starting first baseman for the Isreali national team.
The Marlins are stocking up on young players after trading veteran stars such as infielder Hanley Ramirez, shortstop Jose Reyes, left-hander Mark Buehrle and closer Heath Bell since last July. The Marlins tapped outfielder Alfredo Silverio from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first round and left-hander Brauilo Lara from the Tampa Bay Rays in the second round.
Silverio, 25, missed all last season after suffering back, shoulder, elbow and neck injuries in an automobile accident. In 2011, he hit .306 with 16 homers, 85 RBIs and 11 stolen bases in 132 games with Class AA Chattanooga.
The 23-year-old Lara pitched at high Class A Charlotte last season, going 6-10 with a 5.71 ERA in 25 games, 21 starts.
Phillies acquire Revere
The Phillies did consummate one trade, acquiring outfielder Ben Revere from the Minnesota Twins for pitcher Vance Worley and minor-league pitching prospect Trevor May.
Worley, 25, posted a 4.20 ERA in 133 innings for the Phillies in 2012, while suffering from a bone chip in his elbow for much of the season. He had surgery in September.
Revere, 24, batted .294 with a .333 on-base percentage in 553 plate appearances in 2012, and stole 40 bases in 49 attempts. He was drafted by the Twins in the first round of 2007.
May, 23, ranked as the Phillies’ second-best prospect by MLB.com, had a 4.87 ERA in 149 2/3 innings with Double-A Reading.
Mariners deny Hamilton deal
Mariners president Chuck Armstrong denied a Seattle Times report that his team was nearing a deal with free-agent outfielder Josh Hamilton.
The Seattle Times reported Thursday that an agreement was “very close,” but Armstrong told USA Today that the Mariners haven’t ruled out Hamilton, but added that the sides “haven’t exchanged numbers and figures.”
Hamilton is one of the prizes this winter. The lefty batted .285 with 43 home runs and 128 RBIs in 148 games last season for the Texas Rangers.
Braves re-sign Johnson
The Atlanta Braves re-signed outfielder Reed Johnson to a one-year deal, according to MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat.
Johnson, who turns 36 on Saturday, batted .290 in 288 plate appearances for the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves this season.