Kevin Youkilis Traded to the Chicago White Sox, Receives Fenway Farewell

Michael NargiSenior Analyst IJune 24, 2012

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 24:  Fans at Fenway Park cheer as Kevin Youkilis #20 of the Boston Red Sox tips his cap while going to the plate for his first at bat against the Atlanta Braves during the second inning of the interleague game on June 23, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Winslow Townson/Getty Images)
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Kevin Youkilis will be a part of a different Sox team going forward this season.

Jon Heyman reported that Youkilis is now a member of the Chicago White Sox. Youkilis was taken out of the game after recording his last hit for the Boston Red Sox and walked off the field to a standing ovation and thunderous applause at Fenway Park on Sunday afternoon.

Jim Bowden of ESPN reported that the trade was confirmed to include Youkilis and cash in exchange for Zach Steward and Brent Lillibridge.

It appeared that the Red Sox and Youkilis had been at odds all season and a separation of the two was imminent. It was a matter of which team would pull the trigger and get the deal done for the 33 year-old third baseman.

His final appearance was "perfect" according to Bobby Valentine on a press conference seen on Valentine said that he was notified that there was a "situation pending" a minute before Youkilis went to the plate. Valentine also called Youkilis' performance for the Red Sox "legendary."

As for his new team, Youkilis will join a lineup that needed an upgrade at third base. The White Sox have become even more legitimate contenders in the AL Central and might be a force to be reckoned with should they make it to the playoffs.

The wild card factor in this deal is Youkilis' health. If he can remain healthy and play the rest of the season, then the White Sox will have a great addition to their team.

Youkilis hit .287 with 133 home runs and 564 RBI in his career with the Red Sox.