MLB: Youkilis changes stripes, joins Yankees

NEW YORK — Kevin Youkilis is about to get a different look at the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry.

The hard-nosed Youkilis, who helped personify Boston’s championship teams over the past decade, on Tuesday became the latest former Red Sox star to switch sides and land in Bronx. The free agent reached a deal that filled New York’s immediate need for a third baseman to fill in for injured Alex Rodriguez.

The 1-year contract for $12 million is pending a physical. Youkilis, who turns 34 in March, is expected to play third base while Rodriguez recovers from hip surgery.

Youkilis, a three-time All-Star with Boston, was among the more popular players at Fenway Park. Youkilis and Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain had their own feud that exemplified the ill will between the clubs.

The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox last June. With the White Sox, Youkilis got off to a nice start before tailing off. A career .283 hitter with 148 home runs, he combined to hit a career-low .235 with 19 home runs and 60 RBIs.