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Ben Cherington denies the Youkilis trade reports

Jun 1, 2012, 2:02 PM EDT

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Danny Knobler of CBS reported today that the Red Sox are saying they’re definitely looking to trade Kevin Youkilis. GM Ben Cherington, however, is denying that:

General manager Ben Cherington denied a report that the Red Sox were telling teams they “definitely intend to trade” Kevin Youkilis.

“That’s inaccurate,” Cherington e-mailed Friday afternoon. “Some teams have checked in on him. We haven’t told any teams we plan to trade him. It’s our job to listen if teams have interest. He’s swinging the bat well since coming off the DL and [is] a big part of our team and lineup.”

OK, well, if I was running a team and I had a guy I wanted to trade I’d act like I didn’t want to trade him either. And it’s worth noting that, among the guys in the rumors game, Knobler doesn’t whiff all that often.

My guess is that someone on the team is giving him the straight dope and Cherington is making sure to (a) be diplomatic in the interests of not making Youkilis feel unwanted; and (b) is trying to make the team sound less interested in moving Youk for purposes of leverage preservation.

  1. xpensivewinos - Jun 1, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    Youkilis and what to get Stubbs????

    Ellsbury is gone after next year (and not worth what Boras will be asking based on his frequent injuries), so get a new center fielder now. Stubbs seems like he could use a change of scenery as well.

    Just sayin’………

    • Jeremiah Graves - Jun 1, 2012 at 2:29 PM

      …you’re joking, right?!

      Stubbs is a .249/.321/.400 career hitter with erratic speed and power. He doesn’t need a change of scenery nearly as much as he needs to be a better baseball player.

      And Ellsbury has had two major injuries, both complete flukes with the Beltre collision and the separated shoulder. I fail to see how that makes him someone who suffers “frequent injuries.”

      • hep3 - Jun 1, 2012 at 4:28 PM

        Mr. Graves I would like to add a big AMEN!
        Ellsbury would not have been injured the first time if the Sawx had not try to placate Cameron and move Ellsbury to left where he collided with Beltre.

        Also, Mr. Youkilis got his Karma come uppence when he whined about Ellsbury jaking it with what turned out to be a broken rib. Youk hasn’t been healthy much since his uninformed comments injuries and playing through them.

    • sabatimus - Jun 1, 2012 at 2:52 PM

      I wonder what the correlation is between people who say “just sayin'” and people who say intelligent things. I’m betting it’s largely inverse.

    • T Pot - Jun 1, 2012 at 5:59 PM

      Wow, ok, we will give you Stubbs for Youkilis and whatever minor leaguer you want to give us

  2. JustMeMike - Jun 1, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    Off course he’s going to deny it.

    Even if they do want to trade him – at least for public consumption – he has to deny so as to keep the leverage in talks. If it appears that’s he’s dying to trade Youk, then interested GM’s will offer less.

  3. dadawg77 - Jun 1, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    Youkilis would look good on the South Side at thrid. Just don’t know if Kenny has enough to make it happen. Unexpected and thought the Sox would be sellers but looks like its time to buy.

    • Kevin S. - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:01 PM

      Youkilis doesn’t look good anywhere at third these days.

  4. offseasonblues - Jun 1, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Cherington really is in the catbird seat here, though. The team will be fine with either player at third base, and Middlebrooks won’t be ruined if he goes back to AAA to work on his defense (which isn’t bad, but could use some tuning).

    So it’s not necessarily bs or smoke or code to say he’s listening to but not looking for trade partners.

  5. buffalomafia - Jun 1, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Pittsburgh or Atlanta?

  6. xpensivewinos - Jun 1, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    Dude, you can play the cute little semantics games all you want. Injuries are not intentional, so every injury ever suffered could be considered a “fluke.”

    And Ellsbury misses significant time with his “flukes,” so if it makes you feel better that he misses lots of time with a few injuries as opposed to a lot of time with a lot of injuries, knock yourself out.

    Ellsbury is gone after next year and they would be better off planning ahead and Youkilis has to go. His act has worn thin and when you start accommodating the weak link by shifting a Gold Glove first basemen to the outfield and benching Middlebrooks (who has hit better than Youkilis), you’re asking for trouble. He’s just the squeaky wheel at this point.

    Even if Boston was dumb enough to want to pay Ellsbury what Boras will be asking, how could they with the albatross contracts they have right now?

    And your opinion of Stubbs is just that, an opinion, so don’t state it like it’s a fact that he’s not going to get more consistent in the right environment. He’s only 27 years old. What bountiful haul do you think they’re going to get for Youkilis? He’s a broken down mess.

    • Matt Aromando - Jun 1, 2012 at 5:35 PM

      I believe by “fluke” he means there is no pattern to Ellsbury’s injuries, for example: he’s not a RHP who always has right arm problems. As for Stubbs, “only” 27 is an interesting number as that’s typically a hitter’s most productive age. His career line of .249/.321/.400 is not an opinion, nor is it acceptable for a smart team like the Red Sox to put as their starting center fielder.

  7. clownsfan - Jun 2, 2012 at 8:08 AM

    Look at that pic! Nothin’ says d-bag the shaved head/full beard look. What a jagoff!!

    • teaspoon1731 - Jun 2, 2012 at 1:05 PM

      Nothing says d-bag like a guy dressed head to toe in porsche or some other expensive car he’ll never be able to afford. Or a side ways tilted straight brimmed hat.

      Shaved head and a full beard? That’s actually sexy as hell. (Not saying youk is sexy as hell, but that look is)

  8. jjpileggi - Jun 2, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    The dreaded half vote of confidence means the guy is getting traded.

    John Pileggi

  9. pisano - Jun 2, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    As soon as another team or teams inquire the action will begin, and he’s gone. That’s just the way it works, I’ve always respected Youk as a player, but When you hear “It’s our job to listen if teams have interest” the writing’s on the wall. C-ya Youk.

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