Report: Sox close to trading Youkilis

Report: Sox close to trading Youkilis
June 23, 2012, 1:14 pm
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It appears a Kevin Youkilis trade is imminent, as ESPN's Buster Olney reports that two officials involved in negotiations with the Red Sox say a deal could happen "at any time".

According to Olney, the choice for the Sox is down to the White Sox and an unnamed National League team. The Red Sox have reportedly spoken about Youkilis with the White Sox, Dodgers, Indians, Braves and Diamondbacks, among other teams, though Arizona is said to be out of the running.

There is no word as to who the Sox would receive in return.

Youkilis is hitting .225 with 4 home runs and 13 RBI, along with a .311 on-base percentage and a .359 slugging percentage. He has sat out the last two games, as manager Bobby Valentine is edging away from the Adrian Gonzalez-in-right-field experiment and has used Gonzalez at first base with rookie Will Middlebrooks in Youkilis' spot at third base. Middlebrooks, in contrast to the struggling Youkilis (.174 in June), is hitting .319 with 8 homers, 31 RBI, a .358 OBP and a .558 slugging percentage.