White Sox Acquire Kevin Youkilis

The White Sox have acquired Kevin Youkilis and cash from the Red Sox in exchange for pitcher Zach Stewart and utility player Brent Lillibridge, both teams announced. Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com tweets the cash being exchanged is slightly more than $5.5MM.

Youkilis is hitting .225/.311/.359 in 41 games this season while appearing in 32 games at third base and 13 at first base. He will be an immediate updgrade at third base for the White Sox, who entered the day with a .466 OPS from the position, worst in baseball. Orlando Hudson has been manning third for the White Sox since Brent Morel landed on the disabled list. Hudson has produced a line of just .167/.247/.286 in his 27 games on the South Side.

Youkilis made his final appearance as a member of the Red Sox today going 2-for-4 with one run batted in. Youkilis was removed in the bottom of the 7th inning to a standing ovation from the Fenway Park faithful. This will not be his last game at Fenway, however, as the White Sox will play a series there on July 16-19.

Stewart, a right-hander, has appeared in 18 games, including one start, for the White Sox this year. Stewart has a 6.00 ERA, 4.8 K/9, and 1.2 BB/9 this season. The 25-year-old was acquired last year by the White Sox in the Edwin Jackson trade with the Blue Jays. Stewart will report to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Lillibridge has appeared in left field, center field, first base, third base, and designated hitter for the White Sox this year with a batting line of .175/.232/.190 in 48 games. Lillibridge is a .215/.283/.358 hitter during his five-year career with the White Sox and Braves. To make room on the 40-man roster for Lillibridge, the Red Sox designated left fielder Oscar Tejada for assignment.

Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com and ESPN's Jim Bowden first tweeted news of the trade. David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com was the first to report Stewart was going to Boston while Heyman broke Lillibridge's inclusion.


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190 Comments on "White Sox Acquire Kevin Youkilis"


Jeff Snedden
3 years 2 months ago

interesting….Zach Stewart perhaps?

Lee Steva
3 years 2 months ago

Chris Sale

Lastings
3 years 2 months ago

Dream on, this isn’t Youkilis of 2008…

CHendershott
3 years 2 months ago

Sadly some ppl here probably believe they were getting Chris Sale

Lastings
3 years 2 months ago

Well, they may be getting the hot dog vendor, Chris Sale, as a throw-in, but not the left handed pitcher, Chris Sale…

PWNdroia
3 years 2 months ago

 nice Chris Carpenter reference

PWNdroia
3 years 2 months ago

 Even if it were, that’s not enough to get Chris Sale.

Lee Steva
3 years 2 months ago

MLB Network said that Stewart was one of the players

Jeff Snedden
3 years 2 months ago

 yeah, I read on twitter that he was scratched from his scheduled start in Charlotte. 

3 years 2 months ago

Hey Steva

Lee Steva
3 years 2 months ago

Hey there buddy, did you hear Kevin Youkilis got traded?

3 years 2 months ago

yes, the White Sox gave up a top prospect and aren’t eating much salary for a guy who has been terrible/injury prone this year and last year

jwsox
3 years 2 months ago

Who is this top prospect. Zack stewart is far far from a top prospect.

3 years 2 months ago

in 2011 he was a top 50 prospect

jwsox
3 years 2 months ago

I’m pretty sure it was 2010 because I rememer in the 3 team whitesox, jays, cards deal a lot of people reporting Stewart as a former top prospect. And just because he was in 2011 does not at all mean he still is. He was horrible when he was called up last year and has been bad since he broke the big league club out of spring.

3 years 2 months ago

in 2011 Keith Law had him 44th, 2010 55th, so at least one top scout had him highly rated.

BooJays33
3 years 2 months ago

yeah…a bluejays top 50 prospect.

3 years 2 months ago

As I stated above he was 44th on Keith Law’s rankings in 2011 and 3rd for their team. Drabek, Lawrie, Stewart, d’Arnaud, Arencibia were top 5 for Keith Law

strikethree
3 years 2 months ago

Stewart’s numbers get worse the higher level he plays.

His stuff isn’t that great either as his velocity usually sits in the high 80’s/low 90’s. He’s actually lost velocity since posting good numbers at low A.

I’m not sure what Law sees in him but it looks like a downgrade will be inevitable.

He’s 25, so there’s still time, but not by much…  

MaineSox
3 years 2 months ago

Blue Jays #1 prospect according to Baseball America.

3 years 2 months ago

Hes falling off a wee bit dont ya think,  still could turn out good though.

MaineSox
3 years 2 months ago

Yeah, obviously he’s not the guy he was back then, but he’s still only 25 and if they can figure out where his velocity went, he still got that same ceiling too.

The White Sox have to hope that they can get Youkilis playing well again, and the Red Sox have to hope they can get Stewart playing well again.

PWNdroia
3 years 2 months ago

Regardless, the point of the Youkilis trade was moving him so Middlebrooks can play.  So as far as I’m concerned, even if Stewart remains mediocre, but Middlebrooks remains a monster at the plate, this trade is a success.

KEK
3 years 2 months ago

Thing is, the White Sox are one of the best, if not the best at taking struggling pitchers and getting them going correctly. If Stewart didn’t start doing so by now, it isn’t all that likely.

That being said, he did come in for Danks against the Tigers at the start of the season and looked great. 

MaineSox
3 years 2 months ago

I don’t know, I mean, I know they are supposed to be good at that, but there are plenty of other teams (including the Red Sox) who have success doing that, and sometimes it just takes a new team for a guy to get going, or a new set of eyes to find and fix the issue.

Ben_Cherington
3 years 2 months ago

Youk will be missed!  Thanks for everything you have done and good luck in the future! 

This is a sad day in Boston!

letsgogiants
3 years 2 months ago

Youk will be missed for the sense that he was a clubhouse leader and carried himself in the right manner. I think his struggles this year were due from the injuries and lack of playing time he was receiving when he came back. He was a pivotal part of the 2007 Red Sox and I wish him nothing but the best out in Chicago.

3 years 2 months ago

So long Youk, we’ll miss you :(

Anthony Mazza
3 years 2 months ago

For a team that is rebuilding, this move strikes me as interesting…But for a team that is in the hunt to win the division, this move is great depending on what was given up 

3 years 2 months ago

the White Sox are winning their division.

3 years 2 months ago

Actually, they’re currently behind Cleveland and will likely be behind Detroit

3 years 2 months ago

Currently the White Sox are 1/2 game up on Cleveland and 3 games up on Detroit, so they’re currently winning their division.

Anthony Mazza
3 years 2 months ago

…BEFORE the season, the White Sox said they were rebuilding. That was the joke…for a team rebuilding, they acquired an old guy. But for a team contending, smart move…

LazerTown
3 years 2 months ago

I think it will be hard for them to overpower cleveland or detroit in the long run.

Youk could provide a good spark for the lineup, because it is pretty bad outside of dunn and konerko.

If danks can get healthy and effective they should have a very good top 3 starters.

CHendershott
3 years 2 months ago

Pretty bad? Rios and Pierzynski have been hitting consistently above .290 all season, De Aza is among the top AL leadoff men and Viciedo has gone on an absolute tear since mid-May. The only weak spots were 3B (Youk only needs to hit above .200 to be an improvement), SS and 2B, and even Beckham is starting to turn it around. They’re not running away with the division by any means, but for the most part the WSox offense has been very good this season.

LazerTown
3 years 2 months ago

Rios has kinda fallen off since april with ~.310 obp since then.  AJ has also slowed down,  Viciedo and Alexei been bad, and 3b has been atrocious.

Konerko was having a career year, but has fallen flat in June. 
The sox are like 7-12 in june.  I really can’t see them being in front at the end of the year.

CHendershott
3 years 2 months ago

They certainly dipped in June, but they really don’t qualify as bad just yet, and they are in first place afterall, even if by just a half game.

And btw, Konerko is “falling flat” to the tune of a .340+ batting average, leading both leagues if I’m not mistaken. I can’t wait for him to bounce back from that slump.

3 years 2 months ago

Yes..currently

Will they? Doubt it…and even if they do hold on, they’ll be easy pickens against whoever plays them in the ALDS ala the Twins

3 years 2 months ago

Lol because the AL is in a hurry to face Sale and Peavy in the first 2 games. Are you serious?

3 years 2 months ago

Lol because Sale, Peavy, Konerko, Rios, DeAza and Pierzynski are going to keep it up while Youkilis finds the fountain of youth.

About as delusional as Cubs fans..

3 years 2 months ago

You’re right man those are terrible players. What part did you exactly  refute about Sale and Peavy? 

3 years 2 months ago

What exactly are any of those guys doing that is over their head? Their numbers are all basically on their career average paces.

3 years 2 months ago

Overall the division is very weak. If Youkilis hit .200 he’s better than everyone else who played at 3B for the Sox.

3 years 2 months ago

Sale, Peavy, Konerko, Rios, DeAza, and Pierzynsik are not going to keep it up because you say so? Not that’s a conclusory statement if I ever saw one. Nice bit of analysis..

LazerTown
3 years 2 months ago

You think sale will pitch 200+ the way he has been pitching in his first full season?  Rios obp is ~.310 since april, Konerko has fallen off too.

I also wouldn’t depend too much on peavy, he was good but has not been healthy in 5 years.

3 years 2 months ago

They’re ahead of the Indians now

PWNdroia
3 years 2 months ago

Detroit won’t win it. Indians and White Sox are better teams. I was never sold Detroit would win it, even before the season started, I had my bets on Cleveland.

3 years 2 months ago

Kevin Goldstein to his credit, had the Sox at 85 and Tigger at 83 to begin the season, refuting all those yahoos at the Booya network (30 “experts”—ALL picked the Tigers).  Few realized that adding the fat man (who essentially was replacing, and supplementing somewhat, Vmart’s performance) with suspect pitching depth, a tottering closer, and shoddy defense was not a formula for a 100win season.

LazerTown
3 years 2 months ago

They are pretty much the same team except v-mart is replaced by fielder which is a significant upgrade.  That team last year: won 95 games.  AJax has also gotten way better since last years.

LazerTown
3 years 2 months ago

How so?
Miggy, Fielder, Avila, Jackson, Peralta is a solid top of the lineup.  Then you got verlander and fister.  If fister can go better than 1-4 with his 2.70 era and if sherzer or porcello ever turned the corner then they would be in great shape.  Porcello is 23/24 so this would be a good year to expect him to break out.

3 years 2 months ago

Kenny Williams has no idea what he is doing by the day. Just pray for rain and hope it works out.

3 years 2 months ago

Thanks for the insight. Please move on.

3 years 2 months ago

Tell Orlando Hudson I said, wassup

Lastings
3 years 2 months ago

Went from the Sox, to the Sox…

Ben_Cherington
3 years 2 months ago

same jersey just need to change his sox.   White sox were wearing red today!

Lastings
3 years 2 months ago

Yes, he will be wearing black socks, on the White Sox. I love that…

3 years 2 months ago

Eduardo Escobar and Santiago? Been hearing Thornton but I guess we’ll see.

CHendershott
3 years 2 months ago

Zach Stewart was scratched form his start in Charlotte, so looks like he’s it. Utility player… Lillibridge? Dan Johnson? Escobar? Doesn’t sound like the Red Sox needed infielders.

3 years 2 months ago

Interesting.  No one from their MLB roster was removed today that seemed to be for anything other than game management (ramirez and maldonado).  Not impressed with bench guys though.  (or Stewart really…)

3 years 2 months ago

ok – I’m an idiot – I looked at MIL’s subs.

Ray Darr
3 years 2 months ago

The players you mentioned were Brewers removed from the game.

3 years 2 months ago

Yeah… I noticed right after I clicked “post” – should have known when I was typing ramirez, haha

ugotrpk3113
3 years 2 months ago

Queue insane Red Sox fans upset about the return in 3…2…

YuppieScum
3 years 2 months ago

Bag of baseballs is fine if it means Middlebrooks can start every day without drama.

Ben_Cherington
3 years 2 months ago

Queue insane assumptions from non-Red Sox fans about Red Sox fans upset about the return in 3…2… oh, im too late

ugotrpk3113
3 years 2 months ago

Like the assumption you made that I am not a Red Sox fan? I’m as die hard as it gets my friend… I’m just not delusional, I get it.

Ben_Cherington
3 years 2 months ago

like you made the assumption i was talking about you.  I was under the impression we were stereotyping

ugotrpk3113
3 years 2 months ago

Internet trolls aren’t like the use to be.

Ben_Cherington
3 years 2 months ago

anything positive to add or are all of your comments going to be negative today?

ugotrpk3113
3 years 2 months ago

Youkilis will be able to avoid Bear week in P-Town. He’s always been a fan favorite of the crowd around that time.

ugotrpk3113
3 years 2 months ago

Oh and PS – Check out the comments on local radio shows/message boards. People complaining about ownership ruining the team.

Exactly what I thought would happen… I thought our fan base was smarter than that.

MaineSox
3 years 2 months ago

You did?

ugotrpk3113
3 years 2 months ago

Maybe giving them too much credit :(

bosox21
3 years 2 months ago

The point of this deal was to open up 3B for Middlebrooks to be the full time guy. I’m pretty sure most educated sox fans understand that this move was more or less a salary dump, even tho we only save roughly 2 mil. Also I’m hoping that adding lilibridge means the end of the darnell mcdonald era. That guy is HORRIBLE. 

I appreciate EVERYTHING Youk did from ’04 until this year but it was his time to go. He knew it, front office knew it, and from being at the game today the fans knew it as well. One of my favorite players over the last few years, good luck in chicago Youk. 

Karkat
3 years 2 months ago

 To be fair it’s a pretty pointless return. We got $2.5 million in salary relief, basically.

MaineSox
3 years 2 months ago

Stewart has potential (it might be a reach to think he realizes his potential, but it’s there none the less), and Lillibridge is extremely versatile (and Boston obsesses over those guys).

Karkat
3 years 2 months ago

 I mean sure, and they are both cheap and controllable, but in this case I’m not sure it matters all that much, barring some Dave ROberts-esque pinch running from Lillibridge.

MaineSox
3 years 2 months ago

According to ‘sources’ the Red Sox view Stewart as a starter, and think they might know what his problem is and how to fix it.  If that’s true they could potentially have a cheap, controllable #2/3 starter out of this; if that happens this was a major win for them.

Not saying that I think that is the likely outcome, but I think the reason they were willing to do this is because they see that as a potential outcome.

3 years 2 months ago

I hope Stewart works for you guys. He showed some flashes in starts last season.  But given the advance of Quintana, who the Pale hose stole off waivers from the Yankees, and several other rapidly advancing starters, including Molina and Castro, Stewart had fallen waay down the depth chart. If he does well, and Youk rediscovers his stroke, it will be a classic win/win.  The White Sox just weren’t in a position to give Stewart the opportunity to develop- what with this being a playoff contending team. 

MaineSox
3 years 2 months ago

Yeah, and I’m not even going to say there’s a 50% chance he figures it out, but there is a non-zero chance that he does and I think that’s what the Red Sox were taking a gamble on because the upside is pretty significant.  Plus, with at least 7 starters ahead of him he can have all the time he needs in AAA to figure it out.

3 years 2 months ago

Why did we give anything up for this guy? The most I would have done is only take on the rest his salary from the Red Sox.

letsgogiants
3 years 2 months ago

Because other clubs have interest in him as well. I’m sure other clubs would have given something up. Plus, if its just Stewart and Lillibridge, then I think it should work out fine for the White Sox. 

3 years 2 months ago

I would have have let the other teams take him. The White Sox should have given Escobar a chance to start at 3rd. He was put in as a pinch hitter in the 10th and won the game today. Plus Lillibridge had about as much value as a utility player could have coming into this season.

snoopy369
3 years 2 months ago

You overestimate the value of Lillibridge significantly based on a few nice defensive plays and a half season or so of overperforming at the plate.

melonis_rex
3 years 2 months ago

The Eduardo Escobar with the career .666 OPS in the minor leagues?  Starting at 3B for a contending team?

snoopy369
3 years 2 months ago

Because the Red Sox agreed to take 5.5m of his salary, which is probably worth more than the two players we gave up…

Fangaffes
3 years 2 months ago

What did the White Sox give up?  A pitcher with a 6.00 ERA and a utility guy who can’t hit his own weight.  And you’re complaining?

Collateral96
3 years 2 months ago

 Two nobodies is basically nothing

Karkat
3 years 2 months ago

 There are WHITE SOX fans upset about this deal? It’s a fantastic deal for Chicago.

3 years 2 months ago

Feel bad for Youk. He really is a great player, just not doing it this year. I think he’ll have a resurgence for Chicago eventually.

WrigleyTerror37
3 years 2 months ago

Prob for Stwert and one of the 2 uti infielders they have up. Glad to see Youk in Chicago tho! Good move by the white soxs maybe a play off birth

thekidfromyesterday
3 years 2 months ago

recive? receive

HARRISON ROSE
3 years 2 months ago

My guess is Lillibridge and Stewart

windycitywarrior
3 years 2 months ago

Man I hope it works out. The White Sox definitely need another option to run out at third base. O Dog is a disaster.

John Driscoll
3 years 2 months ago

Not official till Bill Hall reports it

Redsox7
3 years 2 months ago

White sox confirmed Stewart is the pitcher to go to the sox

Ben_Cherington
3 years 2 months ago

you missed it!

Rabbitov
3 years 2 months ago

A steal, in my opinion.

jwsox
3 years 2 months ago

Stewart and lilibridge please!!!!!!!!!!!! Danks is the new 4th out fielder as hudson can be the back up infielder with Escobar.

CHendershott
3 years 2 months ago

Best part of this is that if the RSox are eating around $5 mil, the WSox can still acquire pitching :)

CHendershott
3 years 2 months ago

Article now say it’s Lillibridge, according to Heyman.

missyae
3 years 2 months ago

Thanks to you Kevin Youkilis for all you did for the Red Sox and the city of Boston. What a way to leave, homer and triple and a standing ovation from the Sox Nation. Good luck changing colors of Sox, Chicago will love you too!

letsgogiants
3 years 2 months ago

De Aza
Rios
Konerko
Dunn
Youkilis
Pierzynski
Viciedo
Beckham
Ramirez

The bat of Youk will not only add power in the middle of their lineup, but they also will have someone who can take a walk and protect guys like Konerko and Dunn in the lineup. Solid move IMO for the White Sox.

ugotrpk3113
3 years 2 months ago

Before you go nuts, keep in mind that this Youkilis isn’t the same Youkilis from 3-4 years ago. Best hamper your expectations now, will make it easier in the end.

letsgogiants
3 years 2 months ago

True, but even if he puts up the numbers he did last year, then he should be a good addition to the White Sox. I think it was just the fact that he was off to a slow start this year followed by all the media scrutiny that was on his shoulders this year, from Valentine calling him out early in the year, to not getting any playing time due to the emergence of Middlebrooks. Going to Chicago IMO will allow Youk to relax and just play ball.

ugotrpk3113
3 years 2 months ago

Yeah – I mean, he’s far from a bum, for sure. He’ll give you an OK average, good OBP and some pop (although he’s sort of lost it with injuries and age it appears). 

He’ll be a nice add to the lineup, but people aren’t going to pitch around who’s in front of him. He’s an upgrade offensively over the other options, for sure. 
Defensively..

KEK
3 years 2 months ago

The White Sox clubhouse is very very laid back after Ozzie has left. Part of the reason you are seeing so many players return to form. Beckham, Dunn and Rios are all playing very well.

Perfect environment for him and the White Sox are a good mix of both Veterans and Young guys.

booyahtastic
3 years 2 months ago

Picturing a scenario where bases are loaded with Paulie, Dunn, and Youk…oh boy…

3 years 2 months ago

Lillibridge is currently the DH – actually pinch running in the 9th – after Youk was removed.  I doubt they would put him in knowing he was traded.  Of course, I have no clue…