Found June 24, 2012 on
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 out as of late, but the Boston hot-headed third baseman says nothing like that has happened.
The 33-year-old has not hit over .300 since the 2012 season, and has not appeared in more than 120 games since 2009. His power numbers have decreased every season dating back to when he hit a career high 29 home runs for the Sox back in 2008, and his body is betraying him at an alarming rate.
So, even though Boston is likely to move Youkilis within the next few weeks, and multiple teams remain engaged in trade talks, is trading for Youkilis worth the risk?
The Chicago White Sox feel the answer is yes, as they are rumored to be the most aggressive team in pursuit of the Greek God of Walks. The Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates are also reported to have at least moderate interest in acquiring Youkilis.
But some teams have scouted Youkilis recently, only to decide that he is not the same player any longer, and that many people feel he never will be again. A few teams have decided against pursuing Youkilis, regardless of what price the Red Sox are asking in return.
It would at least appear as if Boston would have to absorb a good amount of Youk’s salary, and they also will not be in the position to ask for a package of top tier prospects. They would be lucky to land a mid-level prospect or two, and even that may be difficult at this point. Teams know that Boston is set at third base with Will Middlebrooks, and when Carl Crawford and Jacoby Ellsbury return in a month or so, they will have an abundance of bats.
Bottom line: Youkilis has to go, and other teams are aware of that fact. They will not overspend to acquire him.
Although, at this point in his career, is making a move at all overpaying for Youkilis?
It seems one team will be destined to find out the answer to that question.
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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...
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...
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...
After months of speculation, especially the last week which gave entirely too much time to it, Kevin Youkilis has reportedly been traded from the Boston Red Sox to the Chicago White Sox (insert dumb joke here.) I get the sentimentality from Red Sox fan, but the national attention that this story received is beyond ridiculous. Youk [...]
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.