Kevin Youkilis to White Sox: Red Sox Trade Star to Chicago

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJune 24, 2012

The inevitable has happened—Kevin Youkilis has been traded to the Chicago White Sox, according to Rob Bradford of (via Twitter):

Clubhouse source says Youkilis traded to White Sox. Nameplate is gone

— Rob Bradford (@bradfo) June 24, 2012

Jim Bowden of ESPN has the full details of the trade:

Red Sox have traded Kevin Youkilis and cash to White Sox for Zach Stewart and Brent Lillibridge confirmed.

— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) June 24, 2012

Scott Merkin of verified the terms of the deal:

The source said Chicago sent infielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, who had recently been sent to Triple-A Charlotte, to Boston. Youkilis, 33, figures to move immediately into the starting third-base role vacated by Brent Morel and his ongoing recovery from a lower lumbar strain.

Youkilis spent the entirety of his nine-year career in Boston, where he was one of the team's most popular and consistent players. He finished his career there having hit .286 with 133 home runs and 586 RBI.

The three-time All-Star was a major factor in the 2007 World Series run, namely in the ALCS where he hit .500 with three home runs, seven RBI and 10 runs scored in seven games. He followed that with his finest season in 2008, hitting .312 with 29 home runs, 115 RBI and finishing third in the AL MVP voting.

This season didn't start so well, with Youkilis struggling from the plate and manager Bobby Valentine calling him out earlier in the year. That, coupled with the emergence of young stud Will Middlebrooks while Youk struggled with injuries, clearly made the third baseman expendable.

Youkilis is only hitting .225 with four home runs and 13 RBI in 41 games this season.

For the White Sox, adding Youkilis will solidify the third base position and give the team another solid bat should Youkilis find his stroke again this season.

Be sure to keep it here as details emerge.


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