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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  1. Jeff Snedden 3 years ago

    interesting….Zach Stewart perhaps?

    • Lee Steva 3 years ago

      Chris Sale

      • Lastings 3 years ago

        Dream on, this isn’t Youkilis of 2008…

        • CHendershott 3 years ago

          Sadly some ppl here probably believe they were getting Chris Sale

          • Lastings 3 years 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 ago

             nice Chris Carpenter reference

        • PWNdroia 3 years ago

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

    • Lee Steva 3 years ago

      MLB Network said that Stewart was one of the players

    • 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 ago

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

        • in 2011 he was a top 50 prospect

          • jwsox 3 years 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.

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

          • BooJays33 3 years ago

            yeah…a bluejays top 50 prospect.

          • 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 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 ago

            Blue Jays #1 prospect according to Baseball America.

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

          • MaineSox 3 years 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 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 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 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.

  2. Ben_Cherington 3 years 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 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. So long Youk, we’ll miss you :(

  4. Anthony Mazza 3 years 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 

    • the White Sox are winning their division.

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

        • 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 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 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 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 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 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.

          • 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

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

          • 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..

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

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

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

          • 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 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.

        • They’re ahead of the Indians now

        • PWNdroia 3 years 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.

          • 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 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 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.

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

  5. Lastings 3 years ago

    Went from the Sox, to the Sox…

    • Ben_Cherington 3 years ago

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

      • Lastings 3 years ago

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

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

  7. CHendershott 3 years 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.

    • 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…)

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

      • Ray Darr 3 years ago

        The players you mentioned were Brewers removed from the game.

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

  8. ugotrpk3113 3 years ago

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

    • YuppieScum 3 years ago

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

    • Ben_Cherington 3 years 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 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 ago

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

          • ugotrpk3113 3 years ago

            Internet trolls aren’t like the use to be.

          • Ben_Cherington 3 years ago

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

          • ugotrpk3113 3 years 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 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 ago

          You did?

          • ugotrpk3113 3 years ago

            Maybe giving them too much credit :(

        • bosox21 3 years 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 ago

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

        • MaineSox 3 years 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 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 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.

          • 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 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.

  9. 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 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. 

      • 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 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 ago

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

    • snoopy369 3 years 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 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?

    • John Lazzaro 3 years ago

       Two nobodies is basically nothing

    • Karkat 3 years ago

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

  10. 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.

  11. WrigleyTerror37 3 years 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

  12. thekidfromyesterday 3 years ago

    recive? receive

  13. HARRISON ROSE 3 years ago

    My guess is Lillibridge and Stewart

  14. windycitywarrior 3 years 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.

  15. John Driscoll 3 years ago

    Not official till Bill Hall reports it

  16. Rabbitov 3 years ago

    A steal, in my opinion.

  17. jwsox 3 years 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 ago

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

      • CHendershott 3 years ago

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

  18. missyae 3 years 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!

  19. letsgogiants 3 years ago

    De Aza

    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 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 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 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. 

        • KEK 3 years 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 ago

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

  20. 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…

  21. Finally!  It’s finally time to break out the champagne.  Boston has finally traded one of their most underperforming players since the break last year.  It’s just a shame that it took them a year to realize that he needed to be traded and work out a deal. 

    Don’t get me wrong, I wish him all the best in Chicago, but at least he won’t be bringing the Red Sox down anymore.  Hopefully now, Gonzalez can settle back into first base on a more permanent basis again.  And, hopefully he can get a more consistent spot in the batting order which will hopefully help to get his bat hot again.

    Today is a great day for the Boston Red Sox!

  22. Zach Stewart is replacement level at best, Lillibridge is still in the game right now from what it looks like, still think it’s Escobar getting traded.  

  23. Leonard Washington 3 years ago

    It was good Youk. Good luck. 

  24. Nope Escobar is pinch hitting for Lillibridge. Seeya Lilli, good luck! Thanks for the awesome defense.

  25. JerryTheScholar 3 years ago

    Awesome, now Porcello can tackle him to the ground more often!

    … I kid.

  26. It’s definitely Lillibridge….Escobar is now pinch hitting for Lilli….normally in this situation I think they would have used Lillibridge to hit for himself.  Red Sox are getting a nice utility player.

    • don’t know lilli much – his stats don’t seem very inspiring although he plays a bunch of positions.  is it his defensive flexibility that makes him nice?  

      • Yes, he can play all positions, except catcher.  He’s a grinder, nice base runner.  He’s a very streaky hitter.  It wouldn’t surprise me if he came over and hit .400 for a month or so, and then fall off.  He did very well in 2011….he played pretty regularly for injured players

  27. CHendershott 3 years ago

    As if this could be any sweeter… Sox just walked-off in the 9th and now Youkilis will be joining a first place team! :)

  28. wsox2624 3 years ago

    Escobar just got the game winning hit…so it is prob lilli. ALso, I guess it helps Youk’s emotions a bit that he is coming to a first place team in a winnable division.

  29. ugotrpk3113 3 years ago

    I sort of like the idea of getting Lillibridge. I’ve gotten the impression he’s a scrappy, gives everything type of guy. More of those guys would be nice for a change.

    • the_show 3 years ago

      He is he hit .265 with  10 homeruns last year in very limited action and had some clutch hits 

      He can play just about any position…..He is a pretty good player

  30. seriously Phils you couldn’t offer something a little better. Your already saving money with Howard, Halladay and Utley on the DL make a splash! 

    • FacelessGeneralManager 3 years ago

      You know that the team still pays players on the DL?

    • Phillies_Aces35 3 years ago

      Utley’s coming back Wednesday and Howard will be back probably right after the All Star Break… so there’s your splash.

      They need an 8th inning reliever… the offense is fine besides the #’s with RISP.

      I think he would have been a great addition but I don’t fault Ruben for avoiding him… especially since we have other areas to address (starting pitching/bullpen).

    • Kyle Rosenberg 3 years ago

       LOL wow

  31. Sounds like a good trade for the Sox as well. Stewart was a disaster any time he was in relief; you could expect at least 3 runs with 1 bomb thrown in for good measure. 

    Lillibridge was hitting out of his mind last year against lefties, but its 2012 and he came back to earth. He played good defense, but I believe escobar is a better hitter and he fills the utility role as well. Bring on Youk and his great approach at the plate. 

  32. Jeff Snedden 3 years ago

    I have to admit, that is more than I thought Boston could get for Youkilis.  I don’t think either Stewart or Lillibridge is a ML player, but they both at one time had pedigrees.  Considering how out there it was that the Red Sox wanted Youk gone, I figured on a PTBNL type of haul.

    • KEK 3 years ago

      Lillibridge, Stewart and sending 5.5 million isn’t really a haul

  33. JordanGallen 3 years ago

    The red sox I think did OK on this trade. I am not sure about Zach Stewart. I hope he turns into a good player but I don’t know. Youk will be missed greatly. I hope he does very well for Chicago. I just hope that Zach and Brent do well for the Red Sox.

  34. Zach Stewart is making $481,500 while Brent Lillibridge is making $500,000 and both are 1 year deals so the Red Sox got crap for Youkilis.

    • ugotrpk3113 3 years ago

      They gave up crap to give a young star a chance to play every day. What were people expecting?

    • Phillies_Aces35 3 years ago

      What do salaries for pre arbitration eligible players have to do with anything?

  35. ugotrpk3113 3 years ago

    Maybe the Red Sox can use the couple million the get on the books in this trade to buy more of the seats to keep this home sell out streak going!

  36. RedSx799 3 years ago

    Hey Kev. you’ll be missed.

    But what will and his wife (Tom Brady’s sister) do now lol! She move out to New England to be near Tommy now Youky is gone

    • baseball52 3 years ago

      Maybe Tom will spend some time in Chicago. Oh, a Tom Brady fan can dream.

      • RedSx799 3 years ago

        The Bears aren’t getting TB12 lol. 

        • Philip Marlowe 3 years ago

          Fine with me. You ever notice the Pats haven’t won a Superbowl since Spygate? Maybe I’m just a homer, but the Bears are going all the way this year. 

          • RedSx799 3 years ago

            Wow. With Jay Cutler? really? You think JAY CUTLER who sat out of a playoff game is going to win the Super Bowl? Thanks man, after my grandmother died I needed a good laugh.

            But in all seriousness, you don’t have to be a jerk. I never said anything about the bears being bad.

            But speaing of “haven’t won anything since SpyGate”, who has the best record since Week one of 2007, including a year when Brady was hurt for all but one drive? And who has gone to two Super Bowls and been two phenomenal, other-worldly catches away from winning them both?

            The New England Patriots.

            This isn’t even a football site; the only way Brady came into this is that his sister is married to your new third basemen (I am guessing you are a White Sox fan because I doubt Cubs fans would reference the pain they’ve gone through for 100+ years). and I made a passing joke in reply to a guy saying maybe Tom Brady will “spend some time in chicago”; I interpreted this as “maybe he’ll come play for the Bears.”

            And in summary, I feel SpyGate was overblown. Maybe you didn’t know that the year before the Patriots got busted by the Jets, the Jets actually got caught by the Patriots doing the same thing. The Patriots responded by taking the camera and ejecting the camera man. The Jets (and that clown Eric Mangini) responded by ratiting them out.

            P.S. In all seriousess good luck to the Bears I hope they play the Patriots in the Super Bowl

          • baseball52 3 years ago

            Let me take a baseball bat to your knee. That’s about what Cutler had to deal with.

          • RedSx799 3 years ago

             Oh. Hmm. Then I now regret the harshness of my tone. I didn’t realize he was hurt badly. By the way NFL Network and similar outlets were talking at the time I thought he had just bumped his knee on a table and he was fine. Again, my sincerest apologies good sir.

          • baseball52 3 years ago

            It’s no problem. Kreutz said his knee was wobbling in the huddle throughout the 2nd, not to mention the surgery he had to get.

        • baseball52 3 years ago

          I know, I just want him in the city lol

          I like Jay too!

  37. Fredric Andes 3 years ago

    As a White Sox fan, all that I can say is WHOO!  Stewart was terrible, and had to be sent down earlier this week.  Bridge was good last year, but has been terrible at the plate this year.  He can field, either in the infield or outfield, but we have other guys who can be the backups.  We basically gave up nothing for Youk.  I thought that they would at least have to give up some promising minor-leaguers, but they didn’t have to do that.  So kudos to Kenny – great deal!

  38. $4697104 3 years ago

    I think this is a good trade for both teams

    • wsox2624 3 years ago

      I agree! Lilli will break out of t for the Red Sox and who knows abot stewert. General baseall fans I know Youk is batting only 230ish but the White Sox 3B spot average is 50 ponts below that..again, a good deal for both. 

  39. Yes..currently

    Will they? Doubt it…and even if they do, they’ll be easy pickens in the Playoffs ala the Twins

    • Redsox7 3 years ago

      I like Lillibridge as a PR for Ortiz or punto late in game

      • I actually intended this to be posted elsewhere.

        I think says a lot about Youkilis actual value and his continued decline.

        It’s essentially a salary dump for a decent bench player and AAAA pitcher

        • Crucisnh 3 years ago

          I think that it might also say that all the GM’s out there knew that the BoSox *had* to trade him, and that they had no leverage to get anything decent in return.

  40. Paul Shailor 3 years ago

    So the red sox got trash and paid 5.5 mil? Wow. 

    • BostonRedSox777 3 years ago

       thinking the same thing, but tbh i didn’t know much about these guys… was hoping for prospects myself.

    • aricollins 3 years ago

      No, they got trash and saved a couple million dollars.

      And maybe a roster spot? Not sure if either’s on the 40-man or if they have options to keep them off the 25-man.

  41. Alex 3 years ago

    Youkilis is washed up. Maybe he’ll do better as a White Sock though.

  42. NomarGarciaparra 3 years ago

    The Fenway crowd giving Youk a standing ovation today has been the best moment of this season. It’s sad to see him go!

  43. Karkat 3 years ago

    Somebody hold me and get me a pint of Ben & Jerry’s please.

    • start_wearing_purple
      start_wearing_purple 3 years ago

      There there. Youk is in a better place now… emotionally, not physically.

  44. bigpat 3 years ago

    I’m happy the Pirates didn’t trade for him considering the White Sox had to give up two major league players, albeit not very good ones, but regardless. 

    He may be a guy who simply needs to get out of Boston to perform like his old self again or he can just be a guy who’s aging badly and will never be the same player again. Worth the gamble for the White Sox considering the garbage they’re putting out at 3B, but I’m kinda happy the Pirates passed on him.

    There’s still a few die-hard Youk fans here who refuse to believe he’s declining and don’t want Middlebrooks taking away his playing time for whatever reason, but I think this move had to be made and will work out for the best for both teams. Middlebrooks will regress some but he should still be able to more than hold his own at third. May as well speed up the rebuilding process a little in Boston and get a set lineup from here on out, aside from their OF which having a ton of guys hitting out there isn’t a bad thing.

  45. Guest 3 years ago

    Redsox robbed the Whitesox here

  46. Jim McGrath 3 years ago

    I am pleased the Sox got Lillibridge. I have always liked his dirt dog play.
    Don’t know anything about Stewart but willing to give him a chance with the Paw Sox or release him.

    Brent was the player the Sox were looking for. He’s a super sub type player RS Nation will love. He’s Major League ready.

    I wish Youk all the best; he has been a pro right along and I hope he helps the WS win the Central.

    • KEK 3 years ago

      Just to be clear, Lillibridge is 28 years old. I don’t want you BoSox fans think you are getting some up and comer. Lillibridge has never been able to hit.

  47. aricollins 3 years ago

    Do Lillibridge and Stewart have options? I’m not the most knowledgeable about rosters… can they be taken off the 40-man without putting them through waivers? I know Boston has a roster crunch, and trading one guy for two doesn’t seem to helpthat.

    • harmony55 3 years ago

      According to the Boston Globe, Brent Lillibridge will be on the Red Sox roster while Zach Stewart is sent to Triple A Pawtucket. The Sox reportedly removed Double A outfielder Oscar Tejeda from the 40-man roster to make room for the two additions.

      • aricollins 3 years ago


        Doesn’t help the 40-man roster crunch, but at least they saved $2.5MM, got a guy who’s a better bench player, and picked up a reclamation project pitcher they can stash in AAA until they most likely give up on him.

  48. thesultanofswingandmiss 3 years ago

    I can just see the next article “Lillibridge gets traded to rockies for 12 pack of “Coors light”.

  49. start_wearing_purple
    start_wearing_purple 3 years ago

    My 2 cents for what it’s worth:
    1) People are surprised that the Red Sox didn’t get anything of major value? Rational fans have been saying that for a while and people who simply hate the Red Sox have been singing it.
    2) This is about what rational people should have expected, a streaky utility player and a pitcher who the Sox will  try to work with.
    3) The money… well as my old boss used to say when I argued that certain player were getting paid too much “Who cares. It’s not your money.”
    4) Youk was out the door next season anyway… they got something for him.

    Youk, you’ve been a really classy guy for the organization for a decade and a major contributor for the Red Sox for a good part of that. You truly earned a dirt dog designation. Good luck!

    • Karkat 3 years ago

       I’m not surprised that our return was very “meh”, but I’m still disappointed. His numbers were down, but Youk’s PIMH* was as high as ever.

      *new saber stat, Place In My Heart

  50. Casey McMahon 3 years ago

    The White Sox can now stand toe to toe with the Yankees as having the best lineup in Baseball.

  51. Philip Marlowe 3 years ago

    Also, just want to say that Youk’s a class act, and although I’m not a Sox fan, I follow them almost as closely as I do the Cubs. Their lineup is going to be stellar with Youk batting 5th behind Dunn and Konerko –  there’s going to be a heck of a pennant race in the AL Central this year.

  52. The Sox won this trade. Hands down.

    • owlssc 3 years ago

       It was equal. The Red Sox got what they needed, pitching, and got something for Youkilis, who they didn’t need and wouldn’t have next year. The White Sox got a decent third baseman, which they needed.

      • lolpods 3 years ago

         i’m a white sox fan. the red sox didn’t get any pitching in this trade.

  53. Adam Sager 3 years ago

    I don’t see how people think the Red Sox are saving $3 million.  The White Sox are only paying $2 million of Youk’s remaining contract, while having to pay about $500K for Lillibridge and Stewart.  So they save $1.5 million this year.  In 2013 the Red Sox will have to pay the two of them somewhere around $2 million and the White Sox will only have to pay a $1 million buyout.  So money wise, they really are only saving about $500K over the next two years. 

    Yeah the White Sox won’t have a player in 2013, but they have guys that will easily replace the two they sent to Boston. 

  54. Lastings 3 years ago

    And I don’t think it’s a coincidence that during this whole headache of a process; Bobby V was involved…

  55. Youkilis has wanted to leave Boston before Valentine ever arrived.

  56. BostonRedSox777 3 years ago

     2 for 1… the roster is already full and they still need to shed, makes no sense unless they are trade bait for another trade??? one can hope lol

  57. MaineSox 3 years ago

    Did he tell you that?

  58. I know you’re a cubs fan but come on, use your head. They will not contend? They are in first place….

  59. MaineSox 3 years ago

    He’s an NL pitcher?  I don’t even know what that’s supposed to mean?

    2/3 starter is what Keith Law, Baseball America, and Baseball Prospectus said, so if you think you know better take it up with them, not me.

    When the Jays traded him he was a top 50 prospect, so they did give that up.

    And what the White Sox gave up was a guy who had that potential but had failed, and would need to be fixed.

  60. Uncontested 3 years ago

    You must not know the name “Don Cooper” if you think they White Sox gave him away because he needs to be fixed…  They tossed him because he was overrated and under-talented.  Hes a #5 starter in the NL at best.

  61. Not as simplistic as him being overrated and under-talented.  I can’t fathom people who comment here, but don’t understand depth charts. What good is having a #8 or #9 starter?  The development of other former prospects, like Molina and Castro, and several other up and comers, not to mention grabbing Qunitana off waivers from the Yanks, has sent Stewart stumbling down the depth chart. He may develop. The Sox can’t afford to give him that opportunity.

  62. MaineSox 3 years ago

    I know who Don Cooper is, but he’s not a demigod, and he’s not the only one who has turned struggling pitchers around.

    If Don Cooper is as awesome as you apparently think he is why did Freddy Garcia pitch better last year with the Yankees than he did with the White Sox?  Why is Edwin Jackson pitching better with the Angels?  Why did Floyd and Danks completely fall apart?  And why was Bartolo Colon’s year with the White Sox the worst year he’s had since 2007?

    Don Cooper is really good, but he’s not perfect, and he’s not the only one who can help pitchers turn their careers around.

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