The New York Yankees reportedly offered Jewish free agent Kevin Youkilis a one-year, $12 million contract.
Youkilis was a three-time All-Star for the Red Sox, playing for their championship teams in 2004 and 2007 before a trade to the Chicago White Sox in June.
A source with direct knowledge of the offer told The New York Times that there is a good chance Youkilis would accept the offer, but suggested that he would consider two-year deals elsewhere as well.
The offer would have Youkilis play third base, replacing Alex Rodriguez, who is expected to be sidelined until next June due to hip surgery.
The Cleveland Indians are also said to be interested in signing Youkilis, according to the Times.
In August, the sportsman excited Jewish fans when he announced that he would be willing to play for Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic (WBC).