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I haven't really given this much thought until now, but Will Middlebrooks is making a case for himself that he, indeed belongs in the Majors, and that kinda makes Kevin Youkilis a very good trading chip. Youkilis is making $12.25 million this season and the team holds a $13 million option for 2013 with a $1 million buyout. For a .288/.389/.489 career hitter with 131 HR's, 559 RBI's and a 127 OPS+ in nine years in the Majors, a $12.25 salary is an attractive deal. Because of his latest injuries, and slow start this season, Youkilis is projected to hit .255/.355/.443 with 16 HR's and a .349 wOBA (ZiPS Updated data), but he's still a good player that could interest any team in the majors looking for an offensive boost. If they decide to trade him they could ask for Major-League-talent at a corner outfield spot or starting pitching positions where the Red Sox have deficiencies. Middlebrooks, nine years younger than Youkilis, is projected to hit .256/.290/.446 with 17 HR's and a .321 wOBA. Besides the OBP, and in consequence the wOBA, both players have almost identical numbers, which suggests that if they can find a good deal for Youkilis they should trade him. Image by Keith Allison under the Creative Commons License Agreement.
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