FREE AGENT Kevin Youkilis and the New York Yankees have reached agreement on a 1-year deal, a source familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press.
The contract is worth $12 million and pending a physical.
Youkilis, 33, 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.
In other baseball news:
* Cleveland traded outfielder Shin-Soo Choo to Cincinnati and acquired pitcher Trevor Bauer from Arizona in a three-team deal involving nine players. Centerfielder Drew Stubbs was sent from Cincinnati to Cleveland. In addition to Stubbs, the Indians received Bauer, the No. 3 pick in the 2011 draft, and righthanders Matt Albers and Bryan Shaw from the Diamondbacks. Cleveland shipped Choo, infielder-outfielder Jason Donald and cash to the Reds, while sending lefthanded reliever Tony Sipp and first baseman Lars Anderson to Arizona. The Diamondbacks also received minor league shortstop Didi Gregorius from Cincinnati.
Lance Armstrong resisted turning over records sought by U.S Postal Service investigators, then tried to keep the inquiry under seal and out of the public eye, according to recently released court documents. In 2011, Postal Service officials investigating Armstrong and his teams for doping wanted records from his team management groups, financial statements, training journals and correspondence with former training consultant Michele Ferrari. He eventually complied with the subpoena but as recently as October was still asking the courts to keep the inquiry private. The Postal Service was Armstrong's main sponsor when he won the Tour de France from 1999-2004.
* Colleen Walker, the former LPGA Tour who won nine times during her 23-year career, died Tuesday night in Valrico, Fla., after her second battle with cancer. She was 56.
The Union will play a preseason game in Jacksonville each of the next 3 years against another MLS team, it was announced. The first game will be next Feb. 15.