Yankees' offseason news, rumors: Kevin Youkilis, Josh Hamilton and more

Kevin Youkilis - David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

New York Yankees' news and rumors as the baseball hot stove continues to heat up. Kevin Youkilis and Josh Hamilton are at the center of today's discussion.

Kevin Youkilis is apparently deciding between a one-year, $12 million offer from the New York Yankees and two-year, $18 million offer from the Cleveland Indians, where he would be reunited with Terry Francona, his former manager with the Boston Red Sox.

Youkilis does not sound like he is in a hurry to make a decision.

"We're very fortunate we have a few teams we're discussing and there's nothing really final," Youkilis told Boston-area media on Thursday night. "We're very fortunate that a lot of teams want me right now. We have a handful of good choices. We have to sit down with my family and agent and all that stuff. In due time, we'll find out."

The Yankees, of course, need a third baseman with Alex Rodriguez set to undergo hip surgery and likely to miss a good portion of the 2013 season.

Here is some of the other news making headlines around the Yankees today.

- There is a very interesting report that the Yankees are quietly checking on free-agent outfielder Josh Hamilton, and that the organization might be making an end run around general manager Brian Cashman to do it. That seems very odd. How can you tie the GM's hands, then pursue the most expensive free agent on the market without him?

Of course, there might be nothing to that. It gives me an opportunity, though, to pass along this fantastic bit of satire from NoMaas.

How will Brian Cashman deal with Yankees' new reality?

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