Kevin Youkilis Rumors: Saturday

Yesterday we learned that the White Sox may be best positioned to swing a trade for Kevin Youkilis, who is losing playing time to rookie Will Middlebrooks. The Braves have scouted him in recent weeks though the Pirates are said to have little interest. Here are today's Youkilis rumors, with the latest up top…

  • The Pirates‬ are still interested in Youkilis, but the team is not confident in its chances of landing him, sources told Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports (via Twitter).
  • Sources indicate that the Indians‬ are a longshot for Youkilis while the Dodgers‬ have had minimal contact with ‪ the Red Sox‬ today, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.  Signs point to ‪ the White Sox‬, ‪Pirates‬, or another club as the veteran's destination.
  • Angels GM Jerry Dipoto told reporters, including Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times (via Twitter) that he is "not involved with [Youkilis]."
  • The Indians have been the most serious bidder for Youkilis but the White Sox jumped into the mix yesterday, tweets Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.  Meanwhile, the Dodgers have maintained consistent interest.
  • A new source tells Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (via Twitter) that the Pirates are likely "out" on the veteran at this point.
  • The Braves are not in on the Youkilis discussions, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
  • The Dodgers are on the "fringe" of talks for Youkilis, reports Dylan Hernandez of The Los Angeles Times (on Twitter). The Pirates continue to be in the mix according to Rosenthal and Morosi (on Twitter).
  • Talks are described as "intense" according to Scott Miller of CBSSports.com. He says the Red Sox will pay a significant portion of the $7.5MM or so left on Youkilis' contract in any trade scenario.
  • The Rangers checked in on Youkilis at one point according to MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan, but they are "not involved anymore." Texas was concerned that he would be unhappy in a part-time role.
  • The Pirates will not surrender a top prospect for Youkilis but they might offer a second tier guy if Boston eats most of his salary, reports Rob Biertempfel of The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (on Twitter).
  • Red Sox team officials discussed potential roster moves in the wake of an impending Youkilis trade last night, reports Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe. That could be an indication that a deal is close.
  • Boston will trade Youkilis "sooner rather than later" according to Scott Lauber of The Boston Herald. ESPN's Buster Olney says a deal could come down as soon as today.
  • The Red Sox are speaking with multiple clubs and continue to move closer to a deal, reports Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. The ChiSox have engaged in "heavy dialogue" with Boston but the Dodgers remain in the mix as well. The Sox prefer to trade Youkilis to an NL club.

Zach Links contributed to this post.


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143 Comments on "Kevin Youkilis Rumors: Saturday"


melonis_rex
3 years 1 month ago

The Dodgers are only 3 up on the Giants, Youk is an improvement at 1B or 3B, and Youk won’t cost significant prospects. 

If the Sox are ready to trade Youk (which is a questionable move), it needs to happen to dodgers or white sox now.

rainyperez
3 years 1 month ago

According to some Red Sox fans they are getting a top prospect or a #2 pitcher. 

Ben_Cherington
3 years 1 month ago

according to which fans?  Havent seen anyone say that.  Good generalization.

Snoochies8
3 years 1 month ago

I’ve seen a couple fans saying they don’t want anything less than Skaggs or Bradley from the Diamondbacks, just a couple fans though. Made me squint then laugh kinda hard.

chowdah219
3 years 1 month ago

 If they eat some $$ and throw in a prospect or 2 its very possible…

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
3 years 1 month ago

Very doubtful. A contender can’t take a chance on Youkilis being good enough or healthy enough to be an every day player. How many teams can afford to use him as a glorified utility player who may or may not start to swing the bat again? The Dodgers may actually be the best fit, since they can platoon him at first and start him some at third. They can also afford to buy out a significant portion of his contract to avoid dipping into the upcoming talent pool significantly.

MaineSox
3 years 1 month ago

I have to disagree; I think he fits best with a contender who needs an everyday 1B.  If a team is already contending with a 1B who could/should be replaced by Youkilis then playing Youkilis there every day isn’t going to make them worse, and with the chance to play 1B every day (and not have to sit on the bench a lot, or try to play 3B) he could very likely turn his offense around and really help a team.

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
3 years 1 month ago

If he continues to bat below his weight, then he could hurt a contending team. More playing time could revive his plate work, or considering his health history, land him on the DL. Any team that trades for him are going to be taking that gamble. They’d better have a backup plan.

MaineSox
3 years 1 month ago

The point is though that if a team is currently contending with a 1B who is bad enough for them to take a shot on Youkilis, he really can’t make them any worse off (as far as trying to contend goes).  If their 1B is already that bad, Youkilis can’t make them worse, and if he does go on the DL they can just put their current 1B back in there.

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
3 years 1 month ago

It’s arguable whether the Dodgers are “bad enough” at first to warrant the risk. As of now it’s essentially a platoon position and I suspect it would remain so for a time at least with Youkilis on the roster. The advantage for the Dodgers of getting him early I suppose is they’d have a few weeks to evaluate him before the trade deadline. By the end of July they’d have some idea who was expendable.

MaineSox
3 years 1 month ago

That may be the case for the Dodgers, but the conversation was contenders in general, and with the contenders who are getting absolutely no production out of 1B he’s not going to make them worse.

johnsilver
3 years 1 month ago

Am just scared at how much he could produce at Chavez Ravine. Youk IMO, is a product of fenway park and uses that wall. His power is to LF/LCF and he is a fly ball hitter, many of his long drives would die on the warning track in LA.

He might be better than what LA currently has, but not sure he could get back to close to where he was there is the problem.

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
3 years 1 month ago

Exactly. If the Dodgers pick him up I will get it, but not be too excited either.

Hoosierdaddy92
3 years 1 month ago

The White Sox are actually the best fit. If he doesn’t cost much, anything is an improvement over Brent Morel and O-Dog. They could bat Youk ninth and he could do nothing and they would still be better off with him at 3rd than those clowns.

That being said, I suspect Youk improves when he finally gets traded. He seems miserable playing in that environment. I think it’s reasonable to expect him to hit around .240 or .250 with a good walk rate as always, and that’s a vast improvement over O-Dog and Morel.

MaineSox
3 years 1 month ago

Youkilis really should be a 1B defensively at this point though, and he’s much more likely to stay healthy and hit better play 1B as well.

Hoosierdaddy92
3 years 1 month ago

I agree with that. However, as a 1-2 year rental, I don’t think it’s an issue. Also, he is an especially good option for the White Sox because with how depleted their farm system is, there aren’t many other players with his upside that they can upgrade to this year. They are pretty constrained. Alexei Ramirez has also become a very solid defensive SS so his range could possibly help mitigate some of Youk’s defensive liabilities.

MaineSox
3 years 1 month ago

Yeah, I don’t think Youkilis is a bad option for the White Sox, but I think the White Sox might be a bad option for Youkilis (if that makes any sense).

johnsilver
3 years 1 month ago

 Off Youk topic as can be (sort of) but Maine.. I think Morales, especially after that showing tonight against Atlanta has maybe shown he can more than fill the 5th slot. 4th even, cause he does not play around out there with the K zone like Matsuzaka and was throwing mid 90’s into the 6th inning.

Forget even thinking of trying to add prospects with Youk for Floyd.. I’ll take Morales anyday the way he has looked in these 2 starts.. Simply awesome.

MaineSox
3 years 1 month ago

As you well know, I was extremely skeptical of Morales coming into this year, but it’s really hard to argue with what he’s doing at this point.  His K/BB numbers took a big jump forward almost from day one with the Sox, and I thought they would regress back to where they had been, but he’s actually been better this year (and phenomenal in his two starts); it makes me wonder if the Sox noticed some mechanical issue before picking him up and had him tweak it once he was on the team, or something.

He always had this potential, he was just never able to control his stuff, but with 17 Ks to 1 BB in 11 IP as a starter, and 37 Ks to 7 non-intentional
BBs in 34.1 IP overall this year (following 11 BBs and 31 Ks in 32.1 IP
with the Sox last year) it looks like he may have figured that out.

It kinda makes me wish they had room in the rotation to keep him there after Beckett comes back; maybe he reverts back in the long-term, but I would like it if he could get as much of a shot at starting as Bard did.

johnsilver
3 years 1 month ago

 Both of us had him pre ST as a waiver guy, or possible trade and predicted to not make the roster, or at least him or Andrew Miller and yes.. It is shocking, but a nice shock..

The control he has shown (for the most part) has been  phenominal, not to mention in his 2 starts the control AND maintaining velocity so deep into games.

i am of the mind to remove Matsuzaka myself..yes.. They will have to reduce the workload on Doubrant soon as his innings pile up, but matsuzaka is really the one whom they cannot afford to wait for him to regain his former self now IMO. Do they allow morales to start and phantom DL Matsuzaka until they allow Doubrant to get another 50 or so IP in and then shut him down?

MaineSox
3 years 1 month ago

They’re already going to have a logjam of starters with Cook back up tomorrow, so I don’t know if there is really a good way to make it happen; you would really have to get rid of all of your starting depth to do it.

Right now the starting depth is Lester, Beckett, Buchholz, Doubront, Dice-K, Cook, and Morales.  And since neither Dice-K or Cook would be much use out of the ‘pen (plus, as you know, the ‘pen is overfull already) you would really need to trade them to make room for Morales.  As you said, they could move Doubront back to the ‘pen, but he’s been their most consistent starter to this point, and I don’t see them shutting him down very soon (I give him ~160 innings this year and he’s only half way there).

I think the only thing to really do is to keep Morales as a reliever/spot starter for now (which still leaves you with the question of what to do with Cook); if Doubront gets to 130-140 innings and they want to move him to the ‘pen to keep his innings down they could move Morales back to the rotation at that point, plus giving him spot starts when guys are hurt or need a day off.

If they could trade Dice-K and Cook, and bring back starters who had options and could be stashed in AAA they could make it work, but they would, in all likelihood, be weakening the quality of their starting depth to do it.

johnsilver
3 years 1 month ago

 I am pretty much of the mindset to just let Cook walk anyway when they get done maxing out the time with his rehab starts. Don’t think he really would help that much more than the various AAAA people they have at Pawtucket and like you said.. They right now have Lester, Beckett, Bucholz, Doubrant, Matsuzaka and Morales.

That gives them 6 SP if someone misses a turn (or more) and one of the various retreads at Pawtucket could make a start or 2 and do nearly the same if need be.

Don’t think Matsuzaka would be of much use in the pen either, but also think Morales is of more use in the rotation from what we have seen you know? What to do there and that would be the only reason to possibly hang onto Cook.. *if* they could somehow move Matsuzaka.

This topic is getting kind of hard to read now. Wish was another place to continue..

MaineSox
3 years 1 month ago

I’m going to just make a new post at the end of the thread so there’s more room.

ADD: and that comment has to be approved. Hopefully it shows up.

ADD 2: it did, good.

Notin J. Notin
3 years 1 month ago

I think the White So make the least sense, since they apparently want him as a 3B, where he will not defend as well as either incumbent.  However KW certainly does love his reclaimation projects, and doesn’t even try to get them cheaply..

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
3 years 1 month ago

Point taken — the ChiSox might be more desperate.

Hoosierdaddy92
3 years 1 month ago

^that too haha. At least the Dodgers have other options and ways to upgrade and they should definitely explore them before jumping on the Youk bandwagon is all I’m saying. The White Sox have limited resources to trade and may only have this option among other lesser options

3 years 1 month ago

If he’s a dog, he’s not a vast improvement over Morel. Over O-Dog perhaps, but Morel is very solid, with potential gold glove tools. Morel also has a track record of hitting in the minors, and projects to (eventually) be a late bloomer with moderate power, similar to Joe Crede. Granted, Morel is not healthy and probably won’t have an opportunity to turn it around this season. Would rather wait on his promise than settle for what’s left of the good ship s.s. youklii.   

3 years 1 month ago

 If a GM gives up a top prospect or a #2 pitcher he needs to be preparing for a career change. If a team is willing to give up that they need to contact the Cardinals about Matt Carpenter.

chowdah219
3 years 1 month ago

Maybe you should re-read my post…If the Sox eat a chunk of $$ on Youks contract and send over a prospect or 2…I wouldnt expect to get that kind of return without giving up something… if their dealing with kenny Williams, anything is possible…

Karkat
3 years 1 month ago

 No no, if they’re wearing a pink hat or a pink shirt they don’t count.

JaiKudo
3 years 1 month ago

Love you Youk….will miss you if you go.   Come see us again!

3 years 1 month ago

Addition by subtraction for the sox or a chance of a good return for this year or a good prospect for the future?

notsureifsrs
3 years 1 month ago

none of the above

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
3 years 1 month ago

Right now, looking more like addition by subtraction. If they eat his salary and the buyout cost then maybe something. Middlebrooks may hit a wall but he’s the long term answer at third right now and Gonzalez should not be in right. Odds are they drop Youk next year anyway, so might as well get something.

notsureifsrs
3 years 1 month ago

it’s just regular subtraction

Karkat
3 years 1 month ago

 I have a degree in math and I can verify this.

melonis_rex
3 years 1 month ago

a contending team needlessly putting all of their chips in the basket of a rookie with a 0.19 BB/K rate and a .383 BABIP. 

notsureifsrs
3 years 1 month ago

the kid can rake, dood! leads all rookies in RBIs, dood! c’maaaan

johnsilver
3 years 1 month ago

Not the worst of it.

The next guy down, who really has a chance to help the team is Garin Cecchini in A Ball. Maybe Bogaerts, or Shaw also at A Ball. Nobody at AA, or AAA is any kind of prospect anymore, up to and including 2010 1st round pick Kolbrin Vitek.

3 years 1 month ago

 What contending team would that be?

melonis_rex
3 years 1 month ago

-3rd best run differential in the AL (only teams better are NYY and TEX)
-2.5 games out of wildcard lead
-better run differential than any of the teams ahead of them for the wildcard. 

that’s a contending team.

3 years 1 month ago

 Last place in their division means “contending”, ok.

johnsilver
3 years 1 month ago

 As has been stated.. Last place and only 2-3 games out of a WC spot.. Not to mention in the toughest (by far) division in baseball is a whole lot different than last place in say.. The AL West, NL Central. NL central etc..

Boston is 2 games over .500, not 20 games under. Some of the posters here just lack any common sense whatsoever.

Karkat
3 years 1 month ago

 Let’s not forget our two all-star outfielders who have been on the DL (effectively) all season.

Corey Italiano
3 years 1 month ago

I’m not a Red Sox fan, but what part of 2.5 games out of the wildcard isn’t contending?

notsureifsrs
3 years 1 month ago

“i can’t read”

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 1 month ago

Last place in the AL East isn’t the same as being the last place in every other division in baseball (besides the NL East).

johnsilver
3 years 1 month ago

 Should have thrown the NL East and AL east as exceptions there..

Both Baltimore and the Nats seem to be pulling miracle turn arounds a year or 2 ahead of schedule and just *what* is up with the Mets? How long can that motley crue of who knows whats play that kind of ball??

That entire mets team(so far) deserves the miracle of the season award, even over the Tribe and O’s and that is saying something, considering the miracle season both Baltimore and Cleveland has pulled off. Those 2 teams have young talent.

bigpat
3 years 1 month ago

 Please tell me how the Red Sox are a contending team…

(Insert sarcastic Willy Wonka picture here)

brian310
3 years 1 month ago

Youk > Hudson/Morel/Escobar. They can even get him in in the lineup at 1B and DH once in a while with days off to Paulie, Dunn and Viciedo

johnsilver
3 years 1 month ago

So much for my hope of helping out the Orioles some in their quest for a PO spot and Orioles fans getting relief from Mark Reynolds and his abysmal glove and all around play.

Would have been nice to see him moved to the O’s, or Fish where he played for another team that liked a lot. 

MedCubsFan
3 years 1 month ago

Kenny Williams will gamble that Youkilis will start to hit and will boost the sagging attendance…even his modest price will be hard for the White Sox to absorb.

the_show
3 years 1 month ago

Youk doesn’t move the needle on attendance…5k people dropped full or partial season ticket packages because they aren’t happy with Kenny Williams Youk doesn’t change that…His price tag isn’t hard for the Sox to adsorb at all, it all depends whether Reinsdorf is in his spend mode or cheap mode…He goes back and fourth

A few million dollars isn’t tough for a team that had the fourth highest payroll in baseball last year to absorb.

melonis_rex
3 years 1 month ago

especially for a contending team. 

youk at 3B, even if he doesn’t rebound, is an improvement over morel/hudson. if he rebounds at all, which will most likely happen, he’s a really significant improvement in a tight division. 

westcoastwhitesox
3 years 1 month ago

I don’t know much about Youk…but if he is a grump about his playing time when he isn’t producing, he is probably not going to be that resurgent veteran ‘spark’ in the clubhouse Kenny is always chasing. So, if he is a grumpy whiner, has decreasing potential due to age, and is injured/not producing….is he really any different than Hudson?  Is he better defense at 3B than Hudson–considering Hudson is learning on the job right now?

$1529282
3 years 1 month ago

Correct. You don’t want Youkilis on your team because he’s grumpy. Best to call and inquire on one of the other six dwarves.

westcoastwhitesox
3 years 1 month ago

 Can any of them hit? :-)

Tymathee
3 years 1 month ago

i dont see how youk is an improve over what we already have unless he’ll be platooning at 1B. He’s not hitting well and he’s been on a downward spiral for years, it’s a waste.

3 years 1 month ago

 I always love how baseball fans overreact. Youk has been a pure hitter his entire career. Even in the minors. Is he at his peak? No. But to assume his slump will continue indefinitely is short sighted. A saavy team will recognize this and scoop him up. They will then reap the benefits. Youk is still a pretty good player.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 1 month ago

Look….I’m not a Sox fan or a fan of Youks BUT let’s keep it real here. His problems are not just the fact that he has a  low bat avg and little power. He isn’t doing a single thing that has made him a great player right now. From August 2011 to now…6 hrs in 250 +PA. He’s not walking much now (career low BB rate @ 8.7%), he’s striking out at a much higher rate (career high of 24.2%), he was never more than an average at best defensive 3b and now he’s got a bad back that “might” hamper his mobility there and maybe even at 1b. Can his body hold up if he has to play 1b/3b on a regular basis? What reason does anyone have to assume his bat will hit for enough power if he was moved to DH? 

Just as foolish as it would be to sell too low on Youks it would be even more foolish for ANY team to trade a top prospect in exchange for Youks and expect him to be more than a good veteran bat for an already good offensive team. No team should acquire him expecting him to turn your offense around and to play 90% of the teams remaining games. I won’t go as far as saying he’s nothing better than a platoon player but a team MUST consider that maybe that’s how he’s best suited this year.

Injuries can account for his lack of power and mobility on the field but the “Greek God of walks” isn’t walking anywhere like he use to.

3 years 1 month ago

Sox might get more for Youk then thought because of the number of teams involved. I hate to see him go for the depth he gives the team but its time move on.

Lunchbox45
3 years 1 month ago

i wish the jays weren’t in the same division as the sox because I’d love Youk as the jays 1B.

chris_synan1
3 years 1 month ago

Youk is obviously gonna get traded…no doubt and it is gonna happen soon as Ken Rosenthal reports…if we do we need some pitching…we might not get Jake Peavy but I could see Gavin Floyd or John Danks because the Sox were interested in them this offseason…we would need to throw one more player in there 

cachhubguy
3 years 1 month ago

No chance you get any of those pitchers from the White Sox. And Danks is on the DL with a bum shoulder.

chris_synan1
3 years 1 month ago

hek…i’ll take a bum shoulder….Youk still got something left…as i said eat up some of his contract and throw a utility player or two..

stl_cards16
3 years 1 month ago

The White Sox are in on Youk because they are contending. They’re not trading away a starting pitcher. That idea is not even worth discussing.

chris_synan1
3 years 1 month ago

well…your saying that it is out of the question even though the Red Sox have always been interested in Floyd and Danks…but then again the White Sox rotation can’t afford that especially when Humber is out and Quintana is playing because the are desperate

BrocNessMonster
3 years 1 month ago

So a contending team is going to trade away part of if’s rotation? Come on dude, think.

chris_synan1
3 years 1 month ago

believe me come late season, the White Sox are not gonna be contenders…Detroit is gonna run away with the division…also look at my previous comment

YanksFanSince78
3 years 1 month ago

Delusional. The same reason why the WSox might want Youks (to contend) is the same reason why you probably aren’t getting one of their starters in return.

jwsox
3 years 1 month ago

No way you get danks he is locked up, hurt, and IF he gets traded it’s this off season for prospects. Plus his trade value is at an all time low and he has a full no trade clause for this year. And no way you get Gavin for youlk. Gavins trade value is a tad bit higher plus. I’m sorry but red sox fans need to understand youl has little to know trade value. Cherrington will be lucky to get a A player or two or a project older AA type for
Him.

chris_synan1
3 years 1 month ago

well obviously….but many teams are interested in him, the Red Sox can throw in another couple of players….Youk still has value but he is gonna be a hit or miss…so obviously they aren’t gonna want Youk straight up

3 years 1 month ago

I could actually see a package.  Gavin and/or Matt Thornton for Youk, the Red Sox picking up freight on all of the above, AND throwing in some additional players. But don’t know why the Red Sox would do that, unless they’re that desperate to get rid of Youk, and get some value this yr.  The White Sox save money, and free up some flexibility for another deadline deal.   Kenny is always thinking 2 or 3 deals ahead (for better or worse).   Wouldn’t be surprised to see him even trade for Youk, and then flip Youk to his favorite trading partner the Jays. 

3 years 1 month ago

Danks isn’t going anywhere. Possibly Gavin or Matt Thornton, since they have sizable contracts, and the net savings (if the Red Sox agree to pick up freight on both Youk and the players they get) might allow Kenny to do something else at deadline

CHendershott
3 years 1 month ago

“Might not get Jake Peavy…”

Try 100% will not get Jake Peavy. What exactly do you think the Red Sox are offering???

3 years 1 month ago

As an Angel fan, I think the best place for Youkilis is in the National league, preferably on the east coast.

3 years 1 month ago

Dodgers have enough money to do better than “Youk” we have already endured the wrath of taking out Bostons garbage and we dont need it again…

MaineSox
3 years 1 month ago

There’s no one available who is better than Youkilis, with the possible exception of Justin Morneau if the Twins decide to make him available.

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
3 years 1 month ago

Carlos Lee.

johnsilver
3 years 1 month ago

 No offense? But the mere thought of Lee putting on a 3b mitt makes me want to vomit.

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
3 years 1 month ago

(dup post)

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
3 years 1 month ago

No need for upchucking, I was thinking first base.

johnsilver
3 years 1 month ago

 LOL. I know. Was just giving you a hard time there. :-)

MaineSox
3 years 1 month ago

I forgot about Lee, but he’s really just another maybe.  He might be better than Youkilis if Youkilis stays this bad all year, but if you have any faith that Youkilis will improve at all then he’s a better option than Lee (and his defense will be a lot better than Lee’s regardless).  Not to mention Lee is way more expensive than Youkilis.

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
3 years 1 month ago

I realize Lee isn’t on the block (yet) but he certainly could be, and it would be painful if the Dodgers traded for Youkilis only to miss a shot at Lee a few weeks later. I don’t think the Dodgers are too worried about the money, the priority has to be getting the ship righted. I don’t see Youkilis as the force that strengthens the lineup like Lee could.

MaineSox
3 years 1 month ago

Lee’s never been as good a hitter as Youkilis was though, and he’s been just as bad recently.  He used to hit for more power more home runs (Youkilis actually maintained a higher SLG and ISO), but it was only by a few home runs, and it was 5 years ago.

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
3 years 1 month ago

Well the last thing the Dodgers need is to latch onto another fading slugger (shades of Fred McGriff), but if I could plug one of them into the lineup today I’d have to go with Lee.

johnsilver
3 years 1 month ago

 Am a big Youk fan also. That stadium just  isn’t for him Maine. I beg you to watch multiple games there if you have not and how the ball carries.. The field and how it plays.. It’s not for Youk.

I see nothing but doom for Youk at Chavez Ravine, he’s not at an age, the type of hitter that is (presently) struggling I see can comeback for half a season and he would get worse. For someone who plays the game as hard as he does? it would be torture and might even get hurt.

MaineSox
3 years 1 month ago

It would have to hurt his offense some, but that move would hurt any player’s offense.  I don’t think it would really hurt him any more than most other right handed hitter though because he has kind of a left-center fielder gap kind of swing, so while some of his home runs might turn into doubles, I don’t think they would necessarily turn into outs.

Jim McGrath
3 years 1 month ago

I could potentially see a three team deal  involving Youk to the Dodgers and Wandy to the Sox and prospects to Houston from the Dodgers and the Sox. 

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
3 years 1 month ago

That could happen.

3 years 1 month ago

Chase Headley isn’t being shopped as fervently as Youk, but he’s definitely available in the right trade.

MaineSox
3 years 1 month ago

If Headley is really available he would definitely be a better option, especially for a team looking for a 3B.  I’m not sure that Headley is really available though (obviously everyone is available at the right price, but he’s got 2 1/2 years of team control left, so I doubt they’ll be looking to move him at this point).  I’m not overly familiar with the Dodger’s farm system, but would they even have the prospects it would take to get Headley – from a division rival – if he really is available?

Redsox7
3 years 1 month ago

Okay the “old ” youkilis that sox fans call him was one of the best players in the league so the dodgers can’t do better than youkilis

johnsilver
3 years 1 month ago

The impending roster move Boston would make, should Boston move him would weaken the team more than likely. Nate Spears certainly isn’t going to be worth anything at all. he cannot hit and isn’t going to contribute. I could see Ciriaco, but he is a SS/2b and would require Aviles to slide over to 3b if Middlebrooks had issues at 3b. Punto isn’t worth anything at the plate and leaves an issue at 3b if any injury at 3b, or more struggles with Middlebrooks with no real prospects several seasons away

3 years 1 month ago

Wandy is going to Atl for Teheran…or Minor.

esasc4
3 years 1 month ago

I hope he does, but not for teheran, maybe minor and redmond or spruill.

3 years 1 month ago

Really hope the Braves make a play here. If Boston eats almost all of his salary, and the cost is only a middling prospect like whats being reported, then this is a no brainer. Youk would be a significant upgrade over Juan Fransico, and with Chipper and Freeman not at 100%, he’ll get plenty of at bats.

Balboa
3 years 1 month ago

Completely unreal that a guy no better than a replacement player is generating this much interest by the media and commenters.

the_show
3 years 1 month ago

There isn’t anybody else to talk about….With the extra wild card there isn’t as many clear sellers