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Red Sox wanted Gerardo Parra from D’Backs for Youkilis

Jun 17, 2012, 5:05 PM EDT

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This is an interesting bit of inside information.

As reported Saturday by Jack Magruder of FOX Sports Arizona, the Red Sox asked for outfielder Gerardo Parra from the D’Backs when shopping third baseman Kevin Youkilis earlier this month.

Parra is only 25 years old, making close to the league minimum, an elite defensive outfielder and an important part of Arizona’s current roster matrix, so the Snakes politely declined Boston’s request.

But it gives us fans and bloggers a taste of what the Red Sox are looking for in a deal involving Youk.

The 33-year-old is batting .212/.295/.341 with four homers and 13 RBI in 149 plate appearances this season. He’s making a $12 million salary for 2012 and carries a $13 million option (or $1 million buyout) for 2013.

  1. marshmallowsnake - Jun 17, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    Lol. I am a sox fan. Now I believe the management is delusional!

    • dan1111 - Jun 17, 2012 at 6:58 PM

      Parra is a below-average hitter with a good glove. He is Arizona’s fourth outfielder. Youkilis has a long track record of being an elite player, despite his struggles this year.

      Yes, this would probably be a good deal for the Sox, but it isn’t an outrageous request. In negotiations, you always start by asking high, and it’s not like they asked for Bryce Harper.

      • marshmallowsnake - Jun 17, 2012 at 11:23 PM

        I live in phx and see him play often. He is 25 and makes nothing. He is a gold glove defender who would not be a fourth outfielder had the snakes not oddly signed Kubel. Last year Parra batted .292, that is not as bad as you make it seem. I would take him over Youk any day, due to his age.

  2. townballblog - Jun 17, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    That would have been a fantastic trade for Boston. A steal actually for all the reasons you mentioned – 25 years old, close to league minimum, gold glove, etc).

    • daisycutter1 - Jun 17, 2012 at 6:38 PM

      Hilariously unrealistic trades are indeed fantastic for the team that would benefit.

  3. astrosfan75956 - Jun 17, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    They are crazy.

  4. xjokerz - Jun 17, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Nobody wants Boston’s left overs

  5. townballblog - Jun 17, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    However, Drew, I don’t think Boston will be looking for an OF anymore. With Kalish being called up I think they’ll be all set (so long as Ellsbury, Crawford, and Ross can come back and be healthy).

    Starting pitching is what the should aim for. They’ve been shaky all year and Beckett just went on the DL.

    The Indians maybe; Ubaldo Jimenez has an great upside. They’re both struggling so it’s an equal risk for both. Or, bring Masterson back?

    Boston and Oakland have made trades before and we know that: a. They have pitching to give and b. Billy Beane loves both Youkilis and taking a chance on veterans (Boston would have to eat some of the salary).

    Lastly, if they really want an OF (which they shouldn’t) then Peter Bourjos is very attractive. If Youk comes back around he is a much better option than Callaspo.

    • djpostl - Jun 17, 2012 at 5:46 PM

      Sorry but Oakland taking on a bloated contract for a decrepit player isn’t going to happen unless Beane thinks he can flip Youk somewhere else in a deal for some other cheap talent.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 17, 2012 at 6:35 PM

        You don’t think Billy will want another shot at picking up the fat third basemen?

      • dan1111 - Jun 17, 2012 at 6:47 PM

        I think it’s a little premature to call Youkilis “decrepit”. Most likely he is still a productive player. Nor is his contract that expensive given his track record.

        However, I agree that Oakland is not going to give up some of their young pitching for him. Wait a few years until he is really washed up, and then they will sign him.

      • townballblog - Jun 18, 2012 at 9:28 PM

        That’s why I said Boston would have to eat some of the salary.

  6. uyf1950 - Jun 17, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    It never hurts to look. When they get tired of looking maybe reality will set in.

    • jwbiii - Jun 17, 2012 at 6:41 PM

      Right. Ask Santa for a pony. You won’t get it but you might get a bicycle. Bicycles are cool.

  7. randygnyc - Jun 17, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    Hahaha, lmfao… Just ludicrous that the sox thinks they can get away with such a proposal without receiving proper ridicule.

  8. yahmule - Jun 17, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    Youkilis is aging faster than a quart of milk from 7-11. It is increasingly unpleasant to gaze upon what passes for his physique. His career demise has been sudden, but predictable, as is the lot of most late bloomers. Boston read too much into Arizona’s strange decision to replace Parra in the starting lineup with an inferior player for vastly more money. Apparently they believed the Snakes were eager to compound that error.

  9. jimmymfb - Jun 17, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Youk for Ubaldo is even more laughable.

    • dangle13x - Jun 17, 2012 at 8:20 PM

      Right.. and which way would it be laughable? Both are brutal. But hey even a circus monkey can have an opinion.

  10. nflfollower - Jun 17, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    That is laughable. I wonder what Boston thought would appeal to the DBacks? Thinking Youkilis is going to be motivated to play for Arizona at this point in his career? Youkilis has some value to a contender that needs a third baseman. Not to a team like the DBacks.

    • dangle13x - Jun 17, 2012 at 8:23 PM

      Right because Arizona only won the division last year (How’d Boston do?) and are only 2 games below .500.

      • marshmallowsnake - Jun 17, 2012 at 11:29 PM

        Because the dbacks are running away with the NL west this season.

      • marshmallowsnake - Jun 17, 2012 at 11:31 PM

        And the sox are one game better too.

  11. agc99 - Jun 17, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Someone needs to be drug tested.

  12. themightyquinn1 - Jun 18, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    History, shmistory, Youk is a mental and physical self-destructer. Maybe the Sox can get Moyers for him.

    • Uncle Charlie - Jun 18, 2012 at 12:14 PM

      THE Bill Moyers?

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