I asked two general managers Thursday about Kevin Youkilis.
The first said that he would need to see Youkilis play for an extended period before determining whether his team had interest, citing Youkilis' declining offense, defense and health.
The second said he would not claim Youkilis and the approximately $9 million remaining on his contract if the Red Sox released the veteran tomorrow, calling it "a boatload" of money for a player who is 33 and losing mobility.
Okayyyy . . .
If the Red Sox want to trade Youkilis -- an idea that suddenly looks less compelling than it did a week ago -- getting from Point A to Point B could be tricky, and potentially messy.
The best-case scenario is for Youkilis to replace slumping rookie Will Middlebrooks and play like the Youk of old, helping the Red Sox climb into contention and restoring his trade value.
The worst-case scenario?
For Youkilis to come off the disabled list and continue to struggle both offensively and defensively, diminish...