With the Indians signing Mark Reynolds, the chances of Kevin Youkilis landing in the Boogie Down have increased. With ARod out until at least June, the Kansas City Yankees have reportedly offered Youkilis $12 million on a one-year deal.

Youkilis has been limited by injuries over the last three seasons, and he is coming off the worst year of his career: .328 wOBA, -5.2 UZR, 1.3 WAR over 122 games. But he’s a good bet to have a rebound season in 2013. Here’s why….

Youkilis was stung by a .268 BABIP despite a 21% line drive rate, which was right in line with his career average. In fact, Bill James projects Joba Chamberlain’s BFF and Rodriguez for virtually the same offensive rates: .357 for Youk and .356 for ARod. And he’ll only be 34 when the season opens, which is practically a baby in Yankee years.

In addition, Youkilis’ right-handedness would be a major attribute even if ARod is able to return successfully in June. He can be the other half of DH platoon, and he can provide some protection against other teams LOOGYing the Yankees all-lefty OF (this mostly means Granderson, as Gardner and the reportedly soon-to-be re-signed Ichiro aren’t particularly vulnerable to pitching match-ups).

The former Bostonian has also been a very solid defensive first baseman throughout his career, so he can be plugged in there if a Teixeira injury strikes.

Health and recent performance mean that the Moneyballer is no sure thing. In addition, his high douche factor and long-time relationship with the worst franchise in sports make him difficult to root for. Yet, he makes for a good solution to the third base problem, and should help patch some other holes that will appear throughout the season.