You're kidding yourself if you subscribe to the logic of Kevin Youkilis being out of gas. He's 33—yes—and has missed his fair share of games since 2008, but his value hasn't evaporated over night.
Just last year, in a season in which Youkilis struggled mightily with injuries, he still produced 80 runs in just 120 games. His drop in average is what was most concerning. Youkilis had the same amount of hits in 2010, but did so in 18 fewer games.
Fast-forward to 2012 and Youkilis finds himself in one of the worst slumps of his career.
He's also an aging corner infielder who hasn't been in a groove in awhile, had his name dangled in trade rumors this offseason, has had his spot in the order toyed with and his motivation openly and publicly questioned by his brand new manager.
It's time to let him be so he can focus on swinging his hunk of wood at the spinning ball of leather. Things are too complicated right now, and for a baseball guy out of Cincinnati, Youkilis probably just needs some time to re-focus himself on what he truly loves.
The best remedy would be finding him a locked-in spot in the lineup or sticking with him in the five slot until he figures it out. Hitting out of the sixth slot just isn't working out for him right now.