While Youkilis has struggled in a White Sox uniform since the June 24th trade, the former Red Sox great is definitely a big name, and his arrival should give White Sox fans hope of a team commitment to winning in 2012.
While it remains to be seen if Youkilis can help the White Sox make the playoffs this season, there is no denying his impressive resume with the Red Sox. Youkilis can boast of two World Series rings, three All-Star game appearances, a .388 on-base percentage and 29.5 wins above replacement during nine seasons in Boston.
The 33-year-old Youkilis may be past his prime, but his patience at the plate and stellar track record in Boston should hold enough promise for the White Sox that Youkilis will make big contributions at third base, otherwise known as the black hole of the White Sox's infield since Joe Crede's departure after the 2008 season.
Over the last 20 seasons, the White Sox have made some important trades, some of which have had lasting impact on the team. Some trades have brought excitement and promise to the South Side, yet failed to deliver on those promises. Some White Sox trades in recent memory have even been notorious and are still often discussed.
For the majority of those 20 seasons, current GM Kenny Williams has been at the helm in the White Sox front office.
Williams has had a history of unexpected, risky and sometimes unpopular trades. He has also pulled off some successful trades, and Williams can take credit for being the architect of the White Sox's 2005 World Series championship.
While the White Sox continue their unexpected stay atop the AL Central division into July, the Youkilis deal with the Red Sox was a sure sign that White Sox ownership and the front office is going for one more run at postseason glory, putting on hold the eventual rebuilding phase the team will undoubtedly undergo.
In honor of the trade that sent Brent Lillibridge and Zach Stewart to the Red Sox for "The Greek God of Walks," here is a look at the 10 biggest White Sox trades over the last 20 years.