According to a Nikkan Sports report passed along by NPB Tracker, free agent infielder Kevin Youkilis will join the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan. Terms of their contract agreement are unknown.

Youkilis, 34, played only 28 games with the Yankees this past season due to back problems. He hit .219 with two home runs and a 78 OPS+. Over the last two seasons, Youkilis has hit .232/.330/.396 (96 OPS+) with 21 homers in 150 games for three different teams.