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Kevin Youkilis expected to be traded soon

Jun 23, 2012, 3:52 PM EDT

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UPDATE, 9:35 PM ET: According to Rosenthal, the Indians are now considered a “longshot” to land Youkilis and the Dodgers have only had “minimal contact” with Boston’s front office. It sounds like it might come down to the White Sox and Pirates.

3:52 PM ET: Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM reports that the Red Sox are hoping Youkilis is traded today to the White Sox, Indians or Dodgers.

3:30 PM ET: Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review was told by a new source that the Pirates are “likely” out on Youkilis “at this point.”

2:00 PM ET: Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is now reporting that the Pirates are “very much” in the mix for Kevin Youkilis. Of course, the Pirates have already benefited by getting A.J. Burnett from the Yankees for almost nothing, so they probably are thinking, “Why the heck not?”

1:44 PM ET: Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers are on the “fringe” of talks for Kevin Youkilis. Meanwhile, Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com have been told that the Pirates remain in the mix.

11:20 AM ET: It sounds like a deal could happen at any moment.

Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald was told by a major league source that Kevin Youkilis will be traded “sooner rather than later” while ESPN’s Buster Olney was told by MLB officials that a deal could happen as soon as today.

It appears that the Red Sox are already making preparations for the post-Youkilis era, as Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe hears that team officials talked last night to discuss possible roster moves in the wake of a trade.

10:01 AM ET: Kevin Youkilis could be entering his final days in a Red Sox uniform.

According to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com, the Red Sox are currently speaking with multiple clubs and are moving closer to a possible deal. The White Sox have engaged in “heavy dialogue” for Youkilis while the Dodgers are also in the mix. For what it’s worth, one official involved in the talks told ESPN’s Buster Olney yesterday that the White Sox may be “best positioned” to make a deal.

The White Sox could certainly use the the upgrade, as they have a major league worst .165/.242/.218 batting line and a .460 OPS from the third base position this year. Orlando Hudson is currently getting the bulk of the playing time at the hot corner while Brent Morel recovers from a back injury.

Youkilis is making $12 million this season and his $13 million option for 2013 carries a $1 million buyout, so the Red Sox are willing to absorb some of his remaining salary in order to acquire a potentially useful piece in return. However, given his lack of production this year and the obvious durability concerns, it’s unlikely we’ll see them get a player of great significance. This is mostly about clearing the way for hot-hitting rookie Will Middlebrooks to officially take over as the starting third baseman while ensuring that Gold Glover Adrian Gonzalez won’t have to continue shuffling between right field and first base.

  1. clownsfan - Jun 23, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Kevin Youklis continues to blow

  2. watermelon1 - Jun 23, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    While he’d be an improvement over Mark
    Reynolds at third and especially at the plate… I just couldn’t stand seeing that fairy-stance on a team I root for.

    • fearlessleader - Jun 23, 2012 at 1:43 PM

      Youk’s batting stance fills me with inexplicable rage. But gratuitous homophobia fills me with even more.

    • borninfellspoint - Jun 24, 2012 at 12:50 AM

      I don’t see how he would be an improvement over Reynolds in the box/ but for sure on the diamond. I wouldnt want to give up much for him. Meat sure is stinking it up at 3rd tho.

  3. bigleagues - Jun 23, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    No worries . . . the chances of the Sox dealing anyone intra-division is about the same as the Orioles winning the Division.

    • paperlions - Jun 23, 2012 at 10:36 AM

      Smart teams make the best deal they can regardless of whether the team they are trading with is in their division or not….the Sox wouldn’t have a problem dealing him to Baltimore….I have less confidence that Baltimore would deal with Boston.

      • baseballisboring - Jun 23, 2012 at 2:53 PM

        I don’t know that that’s true. I think that’s how teams SHOULD operate, but I think most organizations are too afraid of the blowback from a trade like that if the guy they traded ends up being a key part of why they got beat in a division race. Which I think is cowardly and lame…but you really don’t see good players traded within the division too often.

        Anyway, the Pirates should definitely be in the mix here. They’re still very much in the race despite having the worst offense in baseball, Youk’s stock is low so he’ll be cheap, and he’d sure as hell be an upgrade over what they’ve got.

      • 18thstreet - Jun 23, 2012 at 2:54 PM

        How anyone could downgrade Dan Duquette, given what’s happened with the Orioles this year, is beyond me.

        And may I remind you that he traded for Pedro Martinez. Twice.

        Get the narrative straight: Duquette is a jerk. But he’s good at evaluating talent.

      • paperlions - Jun 23, 2012 at 3:03 PM

        How anyone could read what I wrote as a slam on Duquette (or think that Duquette has had anything to do with the Orioles’ performance this year as everyone playing well was already on the team) is beyond me. Duquette still works for Angelos and I seriously doubt that Angelos would allow a trade with Boston that could blow up on them down the road….and Angelos still has final say on everything…which is why everyone else Baltimore wanted as GM pulled out of the “competition” for the job.

      • 18thstreet - Jun 23, 2012 at 3:10 PM

        I thought you were saying Baltimore is not a smart team. You know, because smart teams are willing to trade within their division (if it helps), and the Orioles would not make a trade within their division.

      • paperlions - Jun 23, 2012 at 7:22 PM

        I think Angelos is not a smart owner…even when he hires smart people, he won’t let them do their job. Sorry, I just figured everyone realized that no matter who is given the GM title, it is still Angelos and his flunkies (who he won’t let GM fire) that make the final call on all decisions.

      • borninfellspoint - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:08 AM

        Always Angelos this Angelos that,same old same old from you paperlions. Do you have any idea what that guy has done for Baltimore? The man is a civic hero.What? did he fire you or something. I suppose you think E.B.W. or Eli Jacobs were better owners. get a grip and go to some games. sorry about the rant.

      • paperlions - Jun 24, 2012 at 9:04 AM

        Yeah, I rip on Angelos all the time, feel free to find the last time I said anything about him.

        Being an alleged “civic hero” has nothing to do with the ability to run a baseball team. He is horrible at it. How good or bad other owners may have been is irrelevant to the fact that the one man is responsible for the Oriole’s being horrible for so long.

      • bigleagues - Jun 25, 2012 at 8:37 AM

        C’mon, dude. Get real. Idealism of that sort has no place in baseball.

        Smart teams don’t trade current or former All-Stars within their division, in the heat of a pennant race, even when they appear to be limited by injury.

        OF COURSE The Duke would trade for Youk if the price is right. He drafted him. But it’s naive to think that the Sox would deal a piece to a divisional rival that would potentially improve that team.

        A team, btw, that has already been giving the Sox fits for the past 9 months.

        Name the last trade that the Red Sox executed within the AL East . . .

        2009 . . . the Sox purchased Joey Gathright from the Orioles.

        In fact, the Red Sox have made 4 trades with the Orioles since 2006 . . . all of them occurred without the O’s being any threat to the Red Sox making the playoffs.

        So again truly smart teams NEVER deal intra-division to a team that represents a potential obstacle to making the post-season.

        And no O’s fan should find that insulting because it means that your team is truly relevant again . . . just not that relevant . . . yet ;-)

  4. tombreck - Jun 23, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Pretty sad if this guy improves your team.

  5. 9two - Jun 23, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    This whole article is stolen from Ken Rosenthal. How pathetic is that?

    • raysfan1 - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:23 AM

      Not as sad as not realizing that this is a blog and thus almost all of the articles come from other sources. It’s why they have links to the original articles embedded into the posts.

  6. 9two - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    He is a massive upgrade for the White Sox given the fact we are last in ops at 3rd base and Orlando Hudson is just duct tape on a giant whole and he is sinking fast

    • Old Gator - Jun 23, 2012 at 12:49 PM

      Then again, look at it this way: Fenway Park will become that much prettier whereas Chicago will become uglier. The universe seeks equilibrium. However, due to Quasimodo’d Deviant to the Second Law of Thermodynamics, Chicago will suffer a net loss in the process.

      • bigleagues - Jun 25, 2012 at 8:39 AM

        Bwhahahahahaha!

  7. rooney24 - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Likely better for both teams and Youk if he moves on. The only one to lose out on him being traded would be whoever he replaces. But, if Youk replaces them, they didn’t really deserve to be starting anyway.

  8. 9two - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Youkilis will be a major improvement for the White Sox and if Boston really wants to move him they will eat a lot of his contract to do so, but the thing is what do the Red Sox think he is worth?

    • mornelithe - Jun 23, 2012 at 2:59 PM

      I would think that largely depends on how much of Youk’s contract they’re willing to eat. If they cover a substantial portion of it, then the other team should be willing to give more in return. At least, that’s how I look at it. Otherwise, given Boston’s got plenty of capital, they could just keep Youk and give Gonzo some time off from time to time. Not like he’s been hot at the plate lately.

  9. stairwayto7 - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Another overrated Redsux player!

    • sabatimus - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:46 AM

      .286/.388 career. Through all the back spasms and injuries.

    • 18thstreet - Jun 23, 2012 at 3:08 PM

      Oh, man. Red S*u*x.

      I totally get it.

      • 18thstreet - Jun 23, 2012 at 3:13 PM

        Still laughing.

        Heh. Red Sucks. Why didn’t I think of it?

      • 18thstreet - Jun 23, 2012 at 3:33 PM

        Now Toronto. Let’s say you wanted to say a hated player on Toronto was not to your liking. For example, let’s say that this particular Blue Jay blows. Is there any nickname you could give such a gentleman?

        They should give Stairway a sitcom.

      • bigleagues - Jun 25, 2012 at 8:42 AM

        Because RedSux likely predates you by about 4 or 5 generations. Been a preferred rib of the less complicated baseball fan for a long time.

        #JustSayin.

  10. miketreedy - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Youlk has been a great Sox player for years. He can still be a very good player if healthy & playing 1b. As a Rangers fan I would love to have him in our lineup and playing 1b.

    Too many people posting that he can’t play anymore. Many are the same idiots that were saying that Oswalt would suck when he came back. These people clearly have no idea what they are talking about.

  11. buffalomafia - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Atlanta needs a third basemen now giddy up!

  12. sabatimus - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Boston Herald, and Peter Abraham. This story is as good as COMPLETE BS.

  13. offseasonblues - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    It’s going to be sad to see him in another uniform whenever it happens, and I wish him the best.

    I’ll never forget that first HR when he got the silent treatment from the dugout and responded by slapping air fives.

  14. js20011041 - Jun 23, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    As a Red Sox fan the fact that Youkilis is going to be traded is both depressing and exciting. Depressing to see a long time Red Sock (yes, I said Red Sock and I don’t care if it’s technically wrong. It sounds better.) leave but exciting to see who they could get. It’s been a long time since the Red Sox actually brought young talent into the organization via trade. But the fact that it’s the White Sox that are in the best position to land him is perplexing. Not that an older injury prone player should bring back a huge haul, but the White Sox system is awful. I’m not sure that they have anyone in the system that should justify a trade for Youkilis.

    • bigleagues - Jun 25, 2012 at 8:52 AM

      It is technically wrong, but I agree with you about Youk. Youkilis had an ornery reputation, but it generally served him well. Beckett is the true douchebag I wish we had shed long ago.

      (for the newb’s – it’s always “Red Sox”. Just as it’s always the “Yankees” – even when referring to a singular player. “The greatest Yankees player of our generation is Derek Jeter”. It sounds wrong, but team names are proper names. Maybe Old Gator has a different take on this. Of course, the name of the stadium in the Bronx only confuses this by being identified as “Yankee Stadium” – which in turn, I maintain, should mean “Yankee” refers to the slang for northeasterners and not specifically the team itself.)

  15. theawesomersfranchise - Jun 23, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Who the hell cares

    Terrible fielder who can’t hit much who gets paid way to much is on the block, oh but it’s a Boston, lets have 15 blogs about it a week until the guy not as effective as a replacement player is traded.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jun 23, 2012 at 1:28 PM

      Replacement Player is all he is, dime a dozen not worth trading for at all.

      #Reality

      • js20011041 - Jun 23, 2012 at 3:17 PM

        Youkilis currently has an OPS+ of 81. Below average, yes, but not replacement level. He has not been getting consistent playing time and when considering that he was still above average offensively last year (OPS+124), to call him replacement level is ridiculous. Also, when you consider that current White Sox 3B Brent Morel has a whopping OPS+ of 15, an OPS of .420 (which is sub replacement level) and that the White Sox as a lineup have four below average offensive players, apparently replacement level isn’t a dime a dozen.

        #onlydouchebagsdothis

    • bigleagues - Jun 25, 2012 at 8:55 AM

      Even Youkilis with a bad hip and back is a better third-sacker than half the guys presently in the majors – add in the fact that he will hit far better than Brent Morel at a position that has offensive scarcity across MLB and that’s a clown statement you made there, bro.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jun 25, 2012 at 12:11 PM

        What a stupid comment
        “Better than half the guys in the majors”

      • bigleagues - Jun 25, 2012 at 1:44 PM

        what an abortion of English phrasing “theawesomersfranchise”

  16. steveohho - Jun 23, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Maybe trade him for a bag of kool aid?

    • sabatimus - Jun 23, 2012 at 2:25 PM

      Maybe for the Kool-Aid Man.

    • lardin - Jun 23, 2012 at 9:51 PM

      How about some beer and fried chicken?

  17. sisqsage - Jun 23, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Man, this trade has had more countdowns than a NASA mission.
    Obviouslty, the leaking’s been orchestrated by the Red Sox front office (another Lucchino maneuver?).
    Since the player in question is oft-injured and not hitting a lick this year, (and won’t bring much in return with any trade) why all of the attention for the last 3 months or so?
    It’s close to being a total non-story considering the player’s nonproduction and lack of current trade value.

  18. jwbiii - Jun 23, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    In other Red Sox related news, or non-news, Mark Prior was just put on Pawtucket’s DL.

  19. chill1184 - Jun 23, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    It would be interesting to see if the Pirates strike gold twice in one season.

  20. yahmule - Jun 23, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    End of an era. With Youkilis gone, who will take completely unwarranted public cheap shots at legitmately injuried teammates like Jacoby Ellsbury while simultaneously making multiple trips to the DL himself?

  21. ejannetta - Jun 23, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    Yawn!!…Youk is an over paid BUM and not worth more than some bats and balls. Too bad he isn’t a hockey player as I would pay to see him get a beating his first shift on the ice. We all know how well
    Youk is known for his fighting….I think even that midget Pedroia could kick his a$$…

    • jwbiii - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:16 AM

      He’s a pretty big guy. I bet he’d have you unconscious and staining the ice and your team playing short for five minutes.

  22. stairwayto7 - Jun 23, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    Knowing idiot redsux fan they think they shoudl get 2 starting pitchers and a AAA propect, when this bum is worth maybe 2 AA players. Hope the Pirates do not get this old bum!

    • js20011041 - Jun 23, 2012 at 8:40 PM

      I’m sure most Pirate fans are hoping you don’t represent the average education level of their fanbase.

  23. randygnyc - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:07 AM

    Youklis getting his ticket punched out of that shit hole.

  24. elchief157 - Jun 24, 2012 at 6:24 AM

    We would love to have youk in the Yankee land, we would give you Gardner and Chamberlain

  25. 24missed - Jun 24, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    Youk has been a fierce player. He works at the game and plays hard. It is just so hard to fathom that this man contributes so much to the team gets such little respect. I’ve always enjoyed watching him play when I go to Fenway or watch on television. He went from 1st to 3rd for Gonzo and the team. Does every player do what is in the best interest of the team without publicly making an issue out it? Third base certainly takes the wear and tear on the body. So, obviously, he has been beaten up and bruised.

    Whenever I go to Fenway, he still gets those loud cheers. Loud. It hasn’t stopped. Why do some people on the internet seem to give the guy such a hard time? I don’t know. I love the guy and hope he is here. I don’t get the ugly either. He is a normal looking guy.

    The amount of charity work he does off the field is a completely different issue. There is always something going on that Youk is sponsoring to give back to the community. Meet and greets, beers, raffles, events at the Mohegan Sun, just tons of things that he does to help our society.

    I know the charity and the cheers don’t make him a keeper to a lot of folks, but I still think he’s got a lot in his tank.

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