Barring an extraordinary turn of events, it seems likely the Chicago White Sox will part ways with third baseman Kevin Youkilis. White Sox general manager Rick Hahn is fortunate, though. He has options if Youkilis signs elsewhere.
The free-agent market for third basemen is very thin this year, but there are players available that could make sense. Nothing long term, but a serviceable replacement for Youkilis.
There may also be an opportunity to acquire a third baseman through a trade.
Along those lines, CSNChicago.com White Sox Insider Dan Hayes wrote Monday that, because of his contract and productivity, Gavin Floyd is “a strong candidate for a trade.” As such, he will be the baseline component in all potential trade scenarios presented here.
If those options fail, the White Sox may have to turn to a familiar face.
Here are eight players who seem to offer the best fits and are grouped by category.