Found June 24, 2012 on
Youkilis to White Sox for Zach Stewart, who can start or relieve. Not sure if any other pieces. Don’t believe so.
— Gordon Edes (@GordonEdes) June 24, 2012
That’s one tweet from WEEI’s Rob Bradford and there are many more like it on Twitter. It looks as if Kevin Youkilis has been traded to the Chicago White Sox.
Everyone at Fenway Park from the moment the game started had a sense that Kevin Youkilis was playing his final game in Boston. He got his first start at third-base in three games and was greeted to a standing ovation when he came to bat for the first time. It has been anticipated that Kevin Youkilis had been close to getting traded for days now and no knew if this would be his last start in a Red Sox uniform.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Youkilis hit a bloop hit to right-field that was misplayed by the Braves out-field. At most, it should have been two bases, but in true Kevin Youkilis fashion he hustled around the bases, dove head-first into third and had himself an RBI triple. Nick Punto came in, Bobby Valentine ordered Youkilis to take a curtain call and the Red Sox video-board played a highlight video of Youkilis. They had all been told by Cherrington. Youkilis was on the verge of getting traded.
And it was true. Youkilis was gone. Eleven years after getting drafted by the Boston Red Sox, he was on his way to Chicago.
The writing was on the wall for a while. As early as this spring, Will Middlebrooks was deemed “ready” to play third-base and they only had to move Youkilis to make it happen. When Youkilis struggled at the start of the season and was placed on the disabled list, Middlebrooks came up and thrived in Boston only accelerating the end of Youkilis in Boston.
I’ll remember him for his fascinating run as a ball-player here for the 2007-2009 season when he was the heart and soul of the Boston Red Sox. A middle of the line-up guy who could get on base and drive in runs, a great defender at either of the corner infield positions, a leader on the field and in the locker room who led by example with hustle and hard play in the field.
Sometimes players just need a change of scenery and Youkilis seemed like a player that needed it.
A text message I got when the trade went down simply read “Youk was the man”.
Somehow, that’s the best way to put it.
BEST OF MAXIM
LET'S MAKE A DEAL
The Red Sox have been shopping Kevin Youkilis pretty hard and reportedly are close to dealing him to another team.
The division-leading Chicago White Sox just got a little more dangerous upon acquiring two-time World Series champion infielder Kevin Youkilis. In a trade that sent Chicago utilityman Brent Lilibridge and right-handed pitcher Zach Stewart to the Red Sox, the White Sox now look to expand their lead in the AL Central division with help from the three time all-star. Youk's presence...
The Boston Red Sox are more than motivated to trade oft injured 3B Kevin Youkilis, and they are inclined to do so sooner rather than later, according to multiple sources. Youkilis was benched for the third consecutive game, although he says he is healthy enough to play.
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine says he has spoken with Youkilis as to why he has decided to sit him...
There were feelings all day that Sunday afternoon's contest may have been the final game in a Red Sox uniform for Kevin Youkilis. That suspicion appeared to be confirmed after Youkilis took his final at-bat. A pinch runner was sent in, and Youkilis was welcomed at the dugout by his teammates and a roaring Fenway Park. It was later confirmed that Youkilis was traded to the White...
The traveling Greek God of Walks.
Sunday afternoon, the Boston Red Sox sent Kevin Youkilis to Chicago’s south side. Drafted, crafted and debuted as a Red Sox player, Youkilis now joins only the second team of his career.
His numbers this season have taken a precipitous decline with injuries, but as recently as 2011, Youk’ had a 127 wRC+ and 3.7 WAR while playing primarily third...
Few people seem to know for sure what happened between Kevin Youkilis and manager Bobby Valentine as Youkilis' days in Boston came to an end. What had once promised to be a fruitful player-manager relationship was obviously tense in the final days, with some misunderstandings of who said -- and meant -- what. But Valentine was sure to send Youkilis into the sunset with a proper...
Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports put out word late last night that Kevin Youkilis is likely to be traded soon.
They view the White Sox as the favorite to land Youkilis, but the Dodgers are still a possibility.
Scott Miller of CBS Sports agrees with Rosenthal and Morosi that Chicago remains the favorite. However, he writes the Dodgers and other teams are "...
Losing your favorite player in a trade can be tough, as one young White Sox fan discovered when Brent Lillibridge was traded to the Red Sox in exchange for Kevin Youkilis. When Corbin DeWitt heard the news that Lillibridge was headed for Boston, he broke down in tears --something his father caught on camera. Now that the video has gone viral, some are criticizing DeWitt's parents...
BOSTON –– The indecision around third base has continued. In fact, the flip-flopping between Will Middlebrooks and Kevin Youkilis doesn't have any clarity. For the time being, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine expressed his intention to ride the "hot hand" at third base. It starts on Friday with Middlebrooks, who will make his second straight start in the infield...
The Chicago White Sox have acquired Kevin Youkilis from the Boston Red Sox, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com noted yesterday that the Red Sox were willing to pick up about $5mm of the remaining $8mm on Youkilis' tab.
Jim Bowden of ESPN and XM Radio notes the Red Sox will recevie a utility player and a pitcher in return.
The Red Sox had recently...
President Barack Obama was in Boston for a fundraiser at Smyphony Hall on Monday and towards the end of his speech he decided to thank the Red Sox for trading Kevin Youkilis to his beloved Chicao White Sox.
He was promptly booed.
Well, there goes Massachusetts, Mr. President.
BOSTON –– Will Middlebrooks can stop looking at the lineup card. After weeks of splitting time at third base with Kevin Youkilis, the rookie has officially taken the reigns of the position –– now that Youkilis has been traded to the White Sox for Brent Lillibridge and Zach Stewart. Moving forward, the 23-year-old will have more clarity when it comes to his role in the organization...
On a day where Cody Ross hit two home runs to help the Boston Red Sox to a 9-4 win over the Atlanta Braves, you would think that was the biggest story of the day. Or that Aaron Cook had a serviceable outing and the bullpen picked him up with four solid innings.
Nope, the big story of the day was the fact it was the last game that Kevin Youkilis played in a Red Sox uniform.