Kevin Youkilis and the Yankees have finalized their $12 million, one-year contract, giving New York a third baseman for the first half of next season while Alex Rodriguez recovers from hip surgery.

 

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The deal with the three-time All-Star had been agreed to Tuesday, pending a physical, and the Yankees announced it Friday.  New York also is close to an agreement on a contract to retain outfielder Ichiro Suzuki.