MLB Trades: Chicago White Sox Acquire Kevin Youkilis from Boston Red Sox

Jon FromiSenior Analyst IJune 24, 2012

Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis was dealt to the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.
Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis was dealt to the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.Winslow Townson/Getty Images

Kevin Youkilis is on his way to the Chicago White Sox.

Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com reported that a trade has been made between the White Sox and Red Sox Sunday afternoon.

In exchange for the third baseman, Chicago will reportedly send RHP Zach Stewart and utilityman Brent Lillibridge to the Red Sox. Boston is also covering all but $2 million of the money owed to Youkilis this season.

Youkilis was 2-for-4 in what turned out to be his Fenway swan song, driving in a run in Boston's 9-4 win over Atlanta. He was pinch-run for and took a curtain call after his triple in the seventh inning.

Lillibridge made his final appearance in a White Sox uniform when he pinch ran for Paul Konerko in the ninth inning of Chicago's game with the Brewers. The White Sox won 1-0 in ten innings to recapture first place in the American League Central.

Youkilis is a career .286 hitter, but even with his performance Sunday is batting at a .233 clip with four home runs and 14 RBI in 42 games with the Red Sox. Chicago has had a hole at third base for most of the year and are hoping Youkilis can fill it despite his drop in production.

The White Sox sent the 25-year-old Stewart to Triple-A Charlotte this week after giving up six runs against the Cubs in his first start of the season Monday. He is 1-2 with a 6.00 ERA in 18 appearances, mostly as the long reliever.

Lillibridge, 28, is hitting just .175 on the season after hitting .258 with 13 home runs in 91 games in 2011. He has filled in both the infield and outfield in 48 games, mostly as a defensive replacement.

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