Latest On Kevin Youkilis

1:07pm: Teams have checked in, but the Red Sox haven’t initiated any talks, GM Ben Cherington said, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe (on Twitter). The Reds are happy with Todd Frazier at third, Knobler tweets.

12:30pm: The Dodgers have lukewarm interest in Youkilis, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports (on Twitter). They don't want to pay his salary or surrender a top prospect for him.

12:13pm: The White Sox have watched Youkilis and the Rangers have checked in on him, Knobler reports. The Dodgers are stepping up their scouting of Youkilis, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports (on Twitter).

10:19am: The Red Sox are telling teams they definitely intend to trade Kevin Youkilis, Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reports (on Twitter). The emergence of Will Middlebrooks has made it more challenging than ever to work Youkilis, Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz into Boston's lineup.

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe suggested yesterday that the Giants, Diamondbacks and Dodgers are among the teams with interest in Youkilis. The Phillies and Indians were linked to the corner infielder earlier this spring.

Youkilis has a .250/.318/.406 batting line with four home runs in 107 plate appearances this year. The 33-year-old spent three weeks on the disabled list with lower back soreness before returning to action late last month. Youkilis, a three-time All-Star, can play first or third base. He earns $12MM this year and his contract includes a $13MM club option for 2013 ($1MM buyout).


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3 years 2 months ago

and nobody cared…..

MB923
3 years 2 months ago

I haven’t paid too much attention to the Youlk rumors in the past, so perhaps the question I ask has been brought up already. Are the Red Sox are looking for prospects back or current MLB player(s)? 

Crucisnh
3 years 2 months ago

Honestly, unless the Sox are looking to build a bigger package deal, about the only position where they could use some help (factoring in the guys who will be coming back from the DL) is at Utility IF-er.  Punto’s useless at the plate.  A better utility guy would be nice.

MB923
3 years 2 months ago

 Pitching too of course.

kevinfoley46
3 years 2 months ago

Disagree. They have a full lineup, they are just sucking. Beckett, Lester, Buchholz, Bard and Dubront, plus Dice K and, sadly, Lackey. I dont think they’d get another start on the books and sit one of those guys.

Unless you meant the bullpen which has been good enough that they haven’t felt the need to call up Melancon who has been pitching real well since being demoted.

I think they go for prospects.

MaineSox
3 years 2 months ago

Buchholz has had two good starts the last three times out, but if he doesn’t maintain that and goes back to the way he had been pitching earlier this year there is a real chance he ends up back in AAA, plus they will want to limit at least Bard’s innings and possibly Doubront’s as well, so they could have as many as three starting pitchers that they would want to, or be willing to, replace in the rotation.  Starting pitching is definitely something they should be looking at.

Spit Ball
3 years 2 months ago

update; make it 3 of 4

hawkny1
3 years 2 months ago

The more I think about it, the more I like the thought of Youk, Ross, Melancon and Morales to Cleveland for Urbaldo Jiminez and a AAA level prospect.  Cleveland needs some offense and they have been disappointed with Jiminez since he came over from Denver.  Jiminez would allow the Sox to put Bard back into the relief corps (imagine…Bard, Aceves and Bailey in the 8th and 9th innings). Ross’s marketability is high at the moment. Morales needs a change of scenery.  And Melancon, well, they traded last year’s shortstop, Jed Lowrie, for him….

Clearly, the Sox need to get younger…

MaineSox
3 years 2 months ago

I wouldn’t trade Youkilis straight up for Jimenez at this point.  He doesn’t even look like a major league pitcher anymore, his velocity is down 4+ mph, and he’s walking more guys than he’s striking out; there’s definitely something wrong there.

johnsilver
3 years 2 months ago

 Trade him even up for the struggling Justin Masterson however :-)

Watched him 2 times this year.. His velo is down (a little) but he’s still got that nasty sinking FB of his.

Hafner is out for awhile and they have almost no power now.. They going to compete, or any facsimile of attempting to and they have to get someone with a remote power bat there.. Haf looked like a cripple the games I saw him in anyway, even 1 game saw him hit a HR in..

I’d swap Youk for Masterson.. Even maybe give them a couple million in that sole deal..

BostonBaseball
3 years 2 months ago

I like your thoughts on this although I would look at obtaining there young single ‘A’ shortstop Francisco Lindor who can hit for average as well as field as the Red Sox future shortstop. All signs indicate that he is going to be a top notch major league shortstop in a couple of years. From what I see from Iglesias i don’t think he can hit enough to be considered a major league starting shortstop. I believe the Red Sox organization has finally realized this and will be looking at other options. 

MB923
3 years 2 months ago

 Bard hasn’t done very well (He has only 1 more strikeout than he has walks), and I believe they would limit his innings anyway. Yes the bullpen is better than it was in April, but obviously Bard appears to be better suited for the bullpen (at least as of now) and would eventually move back there anyway. You would have no idea what to expect from Dice-K or Lackey. Doubront also might have an innings limit.

And Buchholz has been Awful. This team can definitely use starting pitching.

thegrayrace
3 years 2 months ago

Well if there is anything the Dodgers have no shortage of, it is utility infielders. Sellers, De Jesus, Herrera, Kennedy, Hairston, Uribe, Miles… take your pick.

3 years 2 months ago

no, denied

Tacho Bill
3 years 2 months ago

Pirates. Any port in a storm, if they’re competing and Boston eats most of the cost. 

Henduck
3 years 2 months ago

I think the Buccos would be better off taking most (if not all) of the contract in order to give up lesser prospect(s). 

Hannibal8us
3 years 2 months ago

I wouldn’t mind the move so much, but it’s hard for me to give up that much money/prospects to an often injured 33 year old. Maybe if they can get him on the super cheap, but something tells me one of the other teams mentioned in this will overpay tremendously to bring him in. I say not worth it.

Ian_Smell
3 years 2 months ago

I’m actually kind of hoping for this. 

3 years 2 months ago

Any thoughts who the Sox might get for him?

Lunchbox45
3 years 2 months ago

not much if they trade him when his value is so low.

not sure why they would want to do this

MaineSox
3 years 2 months ago

I’m not personally convinced that they really do want to do this, and I am personally convinced that they shouldn’t.

senior52
3 years 2 months ago

 I personally wish they would just do it.

MaineSox
3 years 2 months ago

And this is pretty much the tweet I was expecting when I posted my last comment:

“Nick Cafardo:
Ben Cherington said teams have ‘checked in’ on Youkilis but he has not initiated any talks. ‘He’s played extremly well for us’- Cherington”

Edit: Speier just wrote a short little blurb about it with quotes from Cherington saying it isn’t true. Said it’s their job to take calls from teams interested in anyone, but they haven’t told anyone that they are willing to trade him. Says he’s a key piece of the team and lineup.

Lunchbox45
3 years 2 months ago

this is happening more and more lately.

seems like because there isnt much going on that the so called insiders are just making fluff up

mstrchef13
3 years 2 months ago

Because there are four hundred million media outlets now instead of just eight, and everyone has to have write something “newsworthy” in order to justify their existence in the mediasphere.

melonis_rex
3 years 2 months ago

this. 

pageviews and quantity matter more than quality of content for revenue purposes. 

Blanketsburg
3 years 2 months ago

Inevitable but still unfortunate to see Youk go. Very underrated on both sides of the ball, but he has not aged well and injuries have taken a toll the last couple seasons.

Crucisnh
3 years 2 months ago

Moving Youk to 3B didn’t do him any favors, health-wise, at his age.  He’s better off staying at 1B at this point.  He can still be a good player as long as he stays healthy (and stays at 1B).

John Kappel
3 years 2 months ago

White Sox. Give Boston one of our minor league outfielders, god knows they can always use outfielders.

3 years 2 months ago

There is a logjam in the outfield right now, and it looks to get a lot worse when Ross, Crawford and Ellsbury get back.. they have no interest in outfields. Its young pitching they want.

Crucisnh
3 years 2 months ago

I agree.  All things considered, the Sox do not need outfielders.  Ross will be off the DL soon.  I’m guessing that Ells will be off it in a month or so.  McDonand any time (but he could be cut as far as I’m concerned).  When some of these guys start returning, the Sox are going to have more OF’ers than they know what to do with.  They don’t need any more.

MaineSox
3 years 2 months ago

Don’t forget Kalish has already started rehabbing, and Crawford will be back around the same time as Ellsbury.

Crucisnh
3 years 2 months ago

MS, I don’t see Kalish as being ready for the big club. He lost an entire year, and probably needs to spend a few months down at AAA to catch up.

As for Crawford, I left him out because who knows when he’ll really come back. 😉

MaineSox
3 years 2 months ago

It’s possible that Kalish doesn’t make it back to the majors this year, but he’s already back up to AA and playing well there, so I don’t know that it’s all that unlikely really.

Crucisnh
3 years 2 months ago

That’s nice, but the Sox seem to overstocked with OFers right now (including their DL’d OF-ers) that I’d think that it’d be better to leave Kalish in the minors for the rest of the season. I’d think that between Ellsbury, Crawford, Ross, Sweeney, Nava, Podsednik, Byrd, and (ugh) McDonald, the Sox have the OF more than suffiently covered for the rest of this season.

MaineSox
3 years 2 months ago

Kalish might be the first one ready at this rate though (either he or Ross), and if he is he’ll almost certainly see time at least until Ellsbury and Crawford return.

It’s also pretty much certain that several of those guys will be DFAd or traded when people start coming back (none of them have options).  When everyone is healthy the outfield will be Crawford, Ellsbury, Ross-Sweeney, and one of the other guys (it’s looking like Nava at this point honestly).  Unless they aren’t picked up by another team and they accept an assignment to AAA those guys will be gone, and Kalish becomes the depth in the minors, so if something happens again, he would be the guy getting called up.

Crucisnh
3 years 2 months ago

I’ll give you that Kalish might be ready before Crawford and/or Ellsbury. Still, If the Sox have Ross (if he gets back soon, of course), Sweeney, Nava, Pods, and Byrd, I don’t see much use in calling up Kalish. (Of course, I may be underselling Kalish…)

There’s no doubt that there’ll be dome DFA’s. It’s an absolute certainty (or some trades). The Sox have a full 40 man roster AND something like 7-8 guys on the 60 day DL for whom roster space will have to be made when they come off the 60 day DL.

Arguably, it might be one reason the Sox might favor getting prospects that don’t need to be on the 40 man roster rather than a major leaguer to replace Youk, since it’d be a way to clear a roster spot.

MaineSox
3 years 2 months ago

You’re definitely underselling Kalish if you think that group keeps him in AAA.  Of those players he is easily the second best (behind Ross), and if he’s completely healthy I’d say he’s probably the best.

Crucisnh
3 years 2 months ago

MS, that may be true, but I’m not a fan of calling up star prospects just to let them ride the bench. I’d rather let him play full time at AAA than be a bench player for the big club. Besides, they’d probably have to cut or trade someone (except possibly Nava) just to make room for him on the big club. Personally, I’d rather not cut someone just to make room for someone else to be a 5th OF’er.

MaineSox
3 years 2 months ago

That’s not what I was suggesting (at least, that’s not what I was trying to suggest).  If he’s ready before the others you call him up and play him every day until the others are ready, at which point you send him down to AAA to play every day until an injury happens, and then you call him up and play him every day again.

Crucisnh
3 years 2 months ago

And if you want to do that, you have to cut/DFA/trade one of the others, which I don’t think is a good idea at this point. If we were talking about an underperformer, that’d be one thing. But the guys in the OF right now are getting the job done. I see no reason to dump one of the just because someone has a hard-on for a rookie who has missed a year and quite frankly should spend a 2-3 months getting back to where he was.

MaineSox
3 years 2 months ago

You think it’s a bad idea to call up a considerably better player just because you’d have to DFA McDonald or Byrd to do it?  That makes no sense at all. You’re going to have to DFA one of them when he comes off of the 60 day DL anyway to make a 40 man roster spot for him.

Crucisnh
3 years 2 months ago

I don’t give a rat’s behind about DFA’ing McDonald. Byrd, Podsednik, Nava, Sweeney… them, I do care. And I’m not convinced that Kalish is such a great player at this point. All I hear is a bunch of hot air. And the fact that he’s missed a year due to injury. It’s time for him to make up for lost time, not take playing time away from guys who actually are getting the job done.

MaineSox
3 years 2 months ago

I really don’t get what your deal is with Kalish, the guys does nothing but prove his worth in the minors, gets called up to the majors and plays well there (at 22 years old) and then because he gets hurt and misses a year he’s a nobody?  He’s a far better player than Byrd, Podsednik, or or Nava.  He has five above average tools, and has 20 HR/30+SB potential.  There are reasons nobody wanted Byrd or Podsednik, and there’s a reason Nava was the 6th p[layer called up.

redsox927
3 years 2 months ago

I very highly doubt they will get much more than one prospect and maybe a reliever for him… That being said, why would they want that prospect to be an OF when they have Crawford, Ellsbury, Sweeney, Kalish, Lin for at least this year and next (ellsbury will then be gone, but Kalish will be playing CF then).  They are also very deep in the lower minors in the OF…

They need pitching and middle IF depth for the future.

That being said, Youk will be going to the team that is willing to eat the most salary; which might be the White Sox…

3 years 2 months ago

Its time for the Sox and Youk to part ways.He needs a new start with another club.Hopefully the Sox will get some good prospects or a good pitcher in return.Thanks for everything Youk

nm344
3 years 2 months ago

Phils could use him

55saveslives
3 years 2 months ago

What are the Sox expecting in trade? He has been injured and makes 12 mill this year.  I’d really like the Giants to call about him, but taking on that much pay…better be only low level prospects involved.

3 years 2 months ago

Can’t hurt the Giants to put in a call – which prospect would you give up for him?

55saveslives
3 years 2 months ago

 Giants take on contract and give up a scrub.

alphabet_soup5
3 years 2 months ago

Excellent. Hopefully the Indians blow the bank on him.

MB923
3 years 2 months ago

Perhaps they trade Youlk for Sizemore if he returns? Perhaps some low or mid level prospects by 1 if not both teams as well. Of course Sizemore is a BIG risk though. I doubt it happens.

Lunchbox45
3 years 2 months ago

I cant even imagine a healthy sizemore, crawford and ellsbury in the outfield

MaineSox
3 years 2 months ago

If Sizemore were ever truly healthy again that would have to be one of (if not the) best outfields in the game.  Sadly I have my doubts about Sizemore ever being truly healthy for any length of time ever again.

dethonthestairs
3 years 2 months ago

To be fair, no one can imagine Sizemore playing the outfield anymore. It’s like trying to remember when you were born.

Spit Ball
3 years 2 months ago

I can’t imagine all three healthy on the same day.

3 years 2 months ago

Indians don’t have much bank to blow anymore.

chowdah219
3 years 2 months ago

We have a ton of outfielders…They just happen to be on the DL at the same time…I think the more $$ the Sox eat, the better prospect/player they would get back..It also wouldnt hurt to toss in one of their own prospects to better the deal…

MaineSox
3 years 2 months ago

“I think the more $$ the Sox eat, the better prospect/player they would get back”  That is true in literally every trade ever, but I don’t agree with the sentiment that the Red Sox would have to eat money to get anything at all in return.  He should be at 1B at this point (mostly so he can stay healthy and be more productive – his defense isn’t good at 3B but it’s passable), but there’s no reason to believe he can’t still be one of the better 1B in the league and $12M is cheap for a hitter of Youkilis’ caliber ($12M is what players like Rios, Huff, Konerko, Uggla, and Hafner[to DH] are paid).

3 years 2 months ago

Youkilis in the Texas Rangers line-up would be sweet!!!

Rangersfan32
3 years 2 months ago

Youk in a Texas Rangers uniform would be completely useless with the likes of Moreland, Napoli, Young, Beltre and Gonzalez covering 1st and 3rd.

PhishTank
3 years 2 months ago

Exactly right. Don’t forget they also have Brandon Snyder in that mix. Youkilis is terribly redundant.

Lunchbox45
3 years 2 months ago

he would bat ninth in the lineup and thats no knock on him

Paul Shailor
3 years 2 months ago

Cubs are sellers, Red sox wanna trade youk.

“Red Sox and Cubs are in talks of a trade for Soriano, Castro, and Youkilis plus prospects.” Peter Gammons.

3 years 2 months ago

there is no chance in that happening, cubs won’t sell on castro, and the sox don’t need more shortstop depth or useless OFers

3 years 2 months ago

It makes less than no sense.

Paul Shailor
3 years 2 months ago

I mean, it was a joke at how easily reporters will piece things like this together.

jb226
3 years 2 months ago

Personally I took it as a shot at Peter Gammons.  I hope I wasn’t wrong!

StanleyHudson
3 years 2 months ago

Where did you hear this?

DMDubelYou
3 years 2 months ago

seriously? lol

jlasovage
3 years 2 months ago

youk said earlier this yr that he wouldnt mind going home and playing in cincy? anyone know what kind of young pitching or ss prospects they have and might be willing to part with?

55saveslives
3 years 2 months ago

 Joey Votto?

jlasovage
3 years 2 months ago

ha still leave the sox with the same problem no place for him to play

TophersReds
3 years 2 months ago

Our young SS prospects include DiDi Gregorious and Billy Hamilton. Billy will NOT be traded, so DiDi is likely the only one on the board. I’m not sure or not whether that is an overpay, because he is a pretty good prospect. 

Our pitching including Tony Cingrani, Daniel Corcino, Robert Stephenson (not tradeable, drafted last year), and Kyle Lotzkar. Lotzkar would probably be the only one traded, in my opinion. 

Rea D.
3 years 2 months ago

I’ve always liked Youk. He’s a great player, but has trouble staying healthy. Will probably have a longer more productive career if plays 1st and DH over 3rd. The Sox need starting pitching or some young prospects in return.

jlasovage
3 years 2 months ago

seriously that would be insanely awesome for the red sox. castro would be huge and if soriano is just relegated to bench duty where the sox took a good chunk of his contract to give up lesser prospects, id be all in on that

jb226
3 years 2 months ago

It wasn’t a serious proposal.  The fact that you love it so much for the Sox is a good clue.

3 years 2 months ago

I’ll be sad for Youk to go, but…..  Red Sox need a reliable veteran pitcher to throw right in the rotation, taking out either Bucholz for re-working down in the minors or Bard back to the pen. Or 1B/O and prospect(s); 1B/O to spell Gonzo and add to outfield mix; cut Byrd or Mcdonald. (sry guys – thanks for the help)

bigpat
3 years 2 months ago

I would take him on the Pirates as previously mentioned. He’d bring much needed discipline to the free swinging lineup but I’d be careful of how much they want for him. I’d be willing to pay nearly his whole salary as long as we don’t have to give up a very good prospect. Maybe Pittsburgh can throw back a pitcher like Correia in return to offset salaries a bit.

Youk is still a good player but he’s in decline so teams probably won’t overpay simply based on his past success. 

connfyoozed
3 years 2 months ago

 To me, taking a chance on Youk would be akin to taking a chance on Burnett, an established veteran with good numbers in the past who maybe just needed a change in scenery.  Burnett has worked out quite well, and making a similar move for Youk, in other words getting Boston to pick up some of the tab and not giving up a top prospect, could work wonders in the Bucco lineup.

NomarGarciaparra
3 years 2 months ago

Boston will not pick up the tab AND pick up no prospects. Youk is nowhere near the level of where Burnett was.

PhishTank
3 years 2 months ago

Eric Bedard is another veteran project that has gone well so far.

bigpat
3 years 2 months ago

 Youk has been a better player than Burnett though, he was an albatross in NY. The prospect return could be little but I don’t see them going 50/50 on salary or anything close to that. Boston would probably like to clear cap room to get something else.

Spit Ball
3 years 2 months ago

Youk would only be a half year rental. Big difference.

bluekaiser
3 years 2 months ago

Castro to Sox as part of a Youk deal says Gammons? Hysterical, absurd,but hysterical.