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White Sox don’t plan on exercising Youk’s $13 million option

Aug 5, 2012, 12:15 PM EDT

Kevin Youkilis AP

Kevin Youkilis has posted an .864 OPS with eight home runs and 25 RBI in 33 games since joining the White Sox. They love him, but that love has limits.

A White Sox official told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe this weekend that the club is unlikely to exercise Youk’s $13 million club option for the 2013 campaign. That’d make him a free agent, but the Pale Hose “didn’t give up much and aren’t assuming much of his 2012 salary” so they’ll be content if he turns out to be merely a rental property.

Chicago enters play Sunday with a 58-48 record, ranking first in the American League Central standings.

Youkilis was batting .233/.315/.377 in 42 games with the Red Sox before they dealt him in exchange for utilityman Brent Lillibridge and righty Zach Stewart. Lillibridge was designated for assignment then traded to the Indians last month. Stewart has a 3.76 ERA and 1.30 WHIP through 38 1/3 innings at Triple-A Pawtucket.

  1. ame123 - Aug 5, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Phillies should get him.

    Bourn
    Rollins
    Utley
    Howard
    Youk
    Chooch
    Brown
    Schierholtz

    No automatic outs.

    • jrbdmb - Aug 5, 2012 at 1:40 PM

      Because that’s just what the Phillies need – another high cost aging veteran.

      • kkolchak - Aug 5, 2012 at 1:46 PM

        As a Nats fan, I wholeheartedly endorse the idea.

      • ame123 - Aug 5, 2012 at 2:26 PM

        Because you already know how much he will cost.

    • hondoheaven47 - Aug 5, 2012 at 2:00 PM

      If a lefty is on the mound, Howard is pretty much an automatic out (.634 OPS vs. LHP in 2011).

    • temporarilyexiled - Aug 5, 2012 at 2:23 PM

      Wow, are the Phillies fans now the National League version of Yankees fans? I love how Bourn is already a given. And it’s not like anyone is old and/or injury-prone…

      • kkolchak - Aug 5, 2012 at 5:30 PM

        They really should go for it. Bourn looks like another speedster about to hit the career wall, just like Carl Crawford. C’mon Phillies, you can do it. Open that checkbook.

        Meanwhile, the Nats will just keep calling up their good young players as they have been for three seasons now.

      • xmatt0926x - Aug 5, 2012 at 7:33 PM

        kkolchak, about 7 or 8 years ago the Phillies brought up several good players that formed a World series core. You know how they did that? By losing and losing and losing and getting good draft picks. That’s usually how it’s done and that’s what the Nats have now. It really doesn’t make your team special that they have several good young prospects. It’s a result of losing , losing, and losing some more. Harper and Strasburg are #1 picks. Those picks resulted from absolute losing. Let’s see what your management does in the long run. Maybe they will do well, maybe not. If the Nats do better than a championship, a pennant, 5 divisions in a row, get back to us Phillies fans. Until then try and win a division first.

      • kkolchak - Aug 5, 2012 at 8:46 PM

        @xmatt0926x – wow, what a cry baby. Enjoy your crappy, declining, losing veteran team.

  2. dodger88 - Aug 5, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    If he’s willing to sign a 2 year deal, I’d love for the Dodgers to sign him as he would give them an option at 1B and 3B.

    • temporarilyexiled - Aug 5, 2012 at 2:24 PM

      Likewise for your rivals to the north.

  3. soundsofsuccess7 - Aug 5, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Hard to tell what his market value is right now.. at the end of the day, some team will probably over pay for him, he won’t put up special numbers, and a team will have a bad contract on their hands. It seems like with anyone his age, this always happens.

  4. romoscollarbone - Aug 5, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Wouldn’t Cincy make sense for him on a short 3 yr deal. Rolen is beat up n Youk is from the area,only concern would be no DHin

  5. illadelphiasphinest - Aug 5, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    No no no no!! As a Phillies fan there is no way I wanna see Youk in Red pinstripes. Hes old, been injury probe, and in a very steep decline for at least two years now. They need to get younger not older. As much as I’d hate to trade Cliff Lee again it may be a must do. This formula of loading up on $20MM starting pitchers isnt working. Trade Lee to Arizona for Upton, or Boston for Ellsbury, or Texas for Olt or Jurickson n another prospect or two. Youk is definatly NOT the answer!!

  6. bgrdmacheen - Aug 5, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Wouldnt make sense for the reds either, at least I don’t want him, he too is oft injury prone just like rolen and it blocks Todd Frazier again from everyday playing time. Maybe a one year rental, but def nothing longer than that

  7. Fink - Aug 5, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    Would look genius right now if the Reds had gotten Youk, with Votto being out. Rolen and Frazier have been fantastic, but the way Youk is swinging the bat lately would have put them WAY over the top along with Broxton for the postseason. Oh well, coulda shoulda woulda.

  8. bgrdmacheen - Aug 5, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    Yeah woulda looked genius when someone else is paying his contract, not worth what he will be asking in free agency tho

  9. schmedley69 - Aug 5, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    He would be a perfect fit for the Phillies on a reasonable, short-term deal. The Phillies desperately need a 3rd Baseman, and there just aren’t many good options out there. They have a decent prospect who is a few years away at AA, so if they can get a guy like Youk for a year or two, they should do it. It’s not like there are many better options out there.

  10. liamj55 - Aug 5, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    Wow a lot of Nats fans pumping their chests out like they won a world series or 5 straight divisions. How about you loyal Nats fans start showing up to your own park???? The Phils should sign him for a year or two. That is how long their window is open so it makes complete sense to epically with the options out there. Again it comes down to length and cost.

    • xmatt0926x - Aug 5, 2012 at 7:38 PM

      liamj55, well said. I just made a similar comment to a Nats fan above. I just said the same thing you just did. Let’s see the Nats core do better during their run and then the Nats fans can get as loud as they want. Until then they haven’t even won a division yet and it’s no sure thing. If they don’t get the division , just getting into the playoffs is no sure thing. There will be a lot of good teams going for those wildcard spots. Ohh..and as you said, Nats fans may have misunderstood, but when your dink GM created the lame “take back the park” promo this year, he meant that the fans should actually show up all year. Not sure if the Nats fans understand that.

      • kkolchak - Aug 5, 2012 at 8:47 PM

        Woof, woof, woof. Keep on crying, losers.

  11. jimbroney - Aug 5, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    As a Canucks fan, he’s the best option at third for the Rockies next year.

  12. blackandbluedivision - Aug 5, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    If Youk were to stay that would be an expensive infield. Especially for the habitually cheap southsiders.

    Beckham is up for Arbitration.
    Adam Dunn’s is due $15 million
    Paulie Konerko is due $13.5 million
    Alexei Ramirez is due $7 million (with almost $20 million due over the next two years.
    A.J. Pierzynski is a free agent and after the year he’s having, he’s going to command a nice contract.

    Not to mention Rios’ contract in the outfield as well as Danks, and Peavy.

    He’s a great addition but I hope we can find someone younger and cheaper in free agency.

  13. 27xwschamps - Aug 6, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    Send his a@& into retirement….

  14. chicagosworth - Aug 6, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    I want to say he’s worth it, cause he is but that’s a good chunk of cash for his ass. It all will depend on how the Sox finish in the Divison.

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