AL East Notes: Youkilis, Orioles, Chamberlain

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33 Comments on "AL East Notes: Youkilis, Orioles, Chamberlain"


ColonelBoston
3 years 1 month ago

The Sox better trade Youk (.219) sooner rather than later. For whatever reason, they keep playing him (in the 3 holes, no less) & giving Middlebrooks (.300) off days & the offense is suffering because of it.

JohnPaulP
3 years 1 month ago

They are playing him so they CAN trade him.  If he’s just sitting on the bench everyday, his trade value will stay low and he won’t look too appealing.

vtadave
3 years 1 month ago

It might not look too appealing seeing him play either…

ColonelBoston
3 years 1 month ago

He doesn’t have to play every single day & they don’t need to practically tank the season just to move Youk. They’ve had almost no offense in the last week or so & Youk’s daily 0-fors are NOT helping.

bigpat
3 years 1 month ago

 So they are hurting the team on purpose to build trade value? Seems legit.

rickjimbo
3 years 1 month ago

That’s exactly what they’ve been doing. For better or worse. (certainly not better)

JohnPaulP
3 years 1 month ago

 For the record, I never said it was a good thing, just a reason that Youkilis is getting so much playing time now…

senior52
3 years 1 month ago

Poor Kevin not havin fun. He makes how many million this year? 12 -13 ? Wish I was that unhappy!!!

ellisburks
3 years 1 month ago

And don’t forget married to Tom Brady’s sister. And that means his sister-in-law is Giselle. Tough life.

mgsports
3 years 1 month ago

To Baltimore to replace Chavez if goes on DL.

Ben_Cherington
3 years 1 month ago

Yes Kevin we can see you are not having fun.  Bobby V noticed it at the beginning of the season.  No one has fun when they are losing! 

3 years 1 month ago

The Orioles need to find out what exactly McClouth has left in the tank.
Now as to what exactly they have to do in order to get that done is a problem as well.

bigpat
3 years 1 month ago

 Play him against the Pirates this series and I’m sure he’ll go 4/4 each game then hitless in his next 10.

Butterflyy89
3 years 1 month ago

Anyone else have that preception that YOUK would be a good fit in Baltimore? A good fielding 3rd baseman with no Middlebrooks blocking him, mabye he hits well with a change of scenery and he’s a a proven winner with playoff experenice which the Orioles will need if they are planing on winning in the long haul.

johnsilver
3 years 1 month ago

Average fielding 3b and good fielding 1b. Better at 3b than Reynolds for sure.

Not so sure Boston is even going to move him until he starts hitting more. They would have to pay some of his salary and see no reason really for Boston to do that when they won’t get much back and then end up subsidizing any potential production for some other team.. it just serves no purpose and Gonzalez has even been playing some RF to allow all 3 to be in the game at the same time (Middlebrooks).

melonis_rex
3 years 1 month ago

i have to ask, is gonzo any good defensively in RF? 

johnsilver
3 years 1 month ago

 He would be better off in LF, but Gonzalez says he sees the ball better coming off of the bat on the right side.. So, RF it is..

He actually has made a couple of decent plays in RF, but not someone you want out there on an everyday basis for sure.

MaineSox
3 years 1 month ago

He doesn’t have a ton of range, and his arm is merely OK for RF, but he’s solid fundamentally and isn’t going to misplay a bunch of balls or make silly errors.

johnsilver
3 years 1 month ago

 Glad you saw this one..

I have taken it after watching him, that it’s been kind of like making Jason Bay a RF more or less. Gonzalez might get better reads on the ball being the only positive, but then a limited amount of games in RF to base that on.

MaineSox
3 years 1 month ago

I might actually prefer Gonzalez in RF to Bay.  Bay would, I think, make some pretty silly plays out there, and misplay quite a few balls.

Dan Gorgone
3 years 1 month ago

Not shocking at all to see Baseball Reference list Trot Nixon as the most similar player to him right now: a beloved player who busted his butt, had a handful of really good seasons, but injuries have taken their toll. I wish Youk the best of luck, but I’m not sure what the Sox would get back. Perhaps there’s a bad contract they can eat in return?

Lloydxmas
3 years 1 month ago

Youk if traded will wind up being a salary dump with some low level prospects coming back in return.

Hoosierdaddy92
3 years 1 month ago

Youk would be a good fit on the White Sox. Anything’s better than Orlando Hudson and Brett Morel at this point. A 3-4-5 of Konerko, Dunn, Youk sounds great……4 years ago.

DeManiac
3 years 1 month ago

Doesn’t it seem like Youk’s attitude isn’t helping his case much? I know they guy is in a slump and probably frustrated, but wouldn’t you think it would be a good opportunity to say something to the effect of “I know they’re shopping me, but I am going to keep at it until I figure out what’s going on and prove to them that I belong here” ????

The whole “Nothing you can do” bit might be exactly what Bobby V saw in the beginning of the year…

johnsilver
3 years 1 month ago

 Not Youk’s way at all and probably why he has been so successful.. He is a fighter and never gives in, umpires, opponents and includes the current situation. He expects the best of himself and even the current situation, gives 100% on the field each and every game.

Watch him on the field, he literally “jumps” when the pitcher makes a pitch he is so rearing to go.. He knows no other way than to fight his way through any situation and why he plays through injuries as much as possible, gets hit so much by opposing pitchers etc.. He is a throwback to the old days and why many Sox fans respect him and opposing announcers/fans dislike him so much… he shows his feel for the game each and every play.

formerdraftpick
3 years 1 month ago

Lew Ford better step up his game in AAA if he wants to be placed on the 40 man roster.  

Jake Robinson
3 years 1 month ago

UMM… What r u talking about??????????    hes batting .396 w/ 5 hrs, 5 doubles, 17rbis in 23 games…..

formerdraftpick
3 years 1 month ago

Sarcasm at it’s finest. I’m happy to see the former Duck is making a great comeback.  If it doesn’t work out with the O’s, he should suggest a release so he could join another MLB team.  He is definitely opening up some eyes. 

BradyAndersonsSideburns
3 years 1 month ago

I have an easy answer for solving the potential 40 man problem for the O’s – release Endy Chavez, don’t bother with the DL, he’s garbage

3 years 1 month ago

Youk, Ellsbury and Iglesias for Garza, Soriano, Castro. If only dreams came true.

Eric
3 years 1 month ago

O’s should call Avery back up.

Going to need his speed for these NL games

chee1rs
3 years 1 month ago

is Youklis worth anything anymore ???

LazerTown
3 years 1 month ago

they will have to eat quite a bit of salary if they want anything at this point.  Unless Youk starts playing well.