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Olney: the Red Sox are “headed down that path” to trade Kevin Youkilis

May 16, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

Boston Red Sox Kevin Youkilis bats against the Minnesota Twins during the seventh inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

Buster Olney was on WEEI radio this afternoon and, based on his conversations with some anonymous executives, he thinks the Red Sox and Kevin Youkilis will part ways this summer:

“I’ve talked with a number of executives at other teams this week, because this looks like it’s headed down that path.” … Olney said that other general managers have told him that Youkilis is going to have to put about three productive and healthy weeks together in order for them to gauge his trade value.

Obviously Will Middlebrooks’ nice place since his callup is goosing this along.  I’ve not been paying too close attention to how Middlebrooks is perceived locally, but I get the sense that there’s some college football backup quarterback stuff going on there, where he’s seen as a savior while the old guy is taken for granted.

My question: if the Sox do start seriously shopping Youkilis, do the press and fans perceive it as a white flag waving on the 2012 season, or do they view it as making way for Middlebrooks?

  1. michaeloptv1 - May 16, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    The only player more popular in Boston and the eyes of Red Sox Nation is David Ortiz.

    They Shop Youk….their season is done!!

    Trade Beckett Instead.

    • tideofunc - May 16, 2012 at 10:18 PM

      totally agree w/you, michael!

    • rsnorth - May 16, 2012 at 11:22 PM

      I think you’re forgetting a guy known as Pedey who might rival Big Papi for Fenway popularity and clearly outshines Youk.

    • vallewho - May 16, 2012 at 11:38 PM

      Agree. To me, Beckett has always try to be something in the mold of Roger Clemens but he’s got neither the ability nor the cojones.

  2. bozosforall - May 16, 2012 at 11:58 PM

    Give it a rest, loser Boston fans. You kills isn’t worth a bag of bats right now. No one will give your weak organization anything of value for your washed up garbage.

    • odj810 - May 17, 2012 at 8:58 AM

      it only takes one or two desperate teams to make a trade market for a guy. not to many guys playing 3rd base out there. i think they’d get a decent return.

  3. pickelback - May 17, 2012 at 2:42 AM

    First- Can Youk be in a lineup that wins game? All else is a mystery…

  4. jsc1973 - May 17, 2012 at 6:50 AM

    As long as Middlebrooks keeps playing well, no one is going to see a trade of Youkilis as anything more than a trade being made to make room for a younger player. If Middlebrooks was hitting .204 and Youk had been hitting well before the injury, it would be a surrender trade. But just the opposite is true right now.

  5. jason9696 - May 17, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    I always thought Youkilis looked like a serial killer.

    • Old Gator - May 17, 2012 at 10:04 AM

      You need to drop back at least one phylum for an apt metaphor for what Youkilis looks like.

  6. offseasonblues - May 17, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    1) Trading Beckett as suggested and seconded above would be the surrender move, and a stupid one. He has no replacement ready and waiting in the minors or available by trade unless I’ve missed something.

    2) Trading Youk now makes no sense. If he’s not healthy he has no trade value and we have the rookie. If he is healthy, he’s the better player.

    From Pete Abraham’s blog: “Will Middlebrooks is 6 of his last 32 (.188) with 12 strikeouts and is down to .278. The scouting reports are starting to catch up with him a bit, as usually happens. He also made another mistake in the field, picking up a bunt that looked like it would roll foul.”.

    I think the writing is on the wall for 2013. Will Middlebrooks will be our third baseman. But, putting aside all the legit contractual reasons it almost can’t happen, I’d sooner trade Gonzalez and put Youk back at first right now.

  7. teaspoon1731 - May 17, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    For those of you with short memories, there was talk of trading Youkilis over the winter when they were looking for pitching. However, the hole they created at shortstop by trading everyone, and the unknowing who was going to fill that spot, along with being uncertain as to whether Iglesia or Middlebrooks would be ready to fill in for Youk led to them keeping him.

    I love Youk, I have for many years, but I came to terms with the fact that he likely would be gone at the trade deadline back in February. It has nothing to do with throwing in the towel, and anyone who thinks the Sox are done haven’t taken a look at what they’ve done in the last week.

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