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.
Mitch Moreland and Sam Travis hit three-run homers and left-hander Brian Johnson started and pitched two scoreless innings to help the Red Sox win their spring training opener, 9-6, over Northeastern University on Thursday in Fort Myers, Fla.
Johnson, who made one spot start in his MLB debut with the Red Sox in 2015 but then was derailed by injuries and anxiety issues last season, struck out three and walked one Thursday. He's expected to start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he went 5-6 with a 4.44 ERA in 15 starts in 2016.
Moreland, the left-handed hitting first baseman signed to a one-year deal after spending his first seven seasons with the Texas Rangers, and Travis, a right-handed hitting first base prospect coming back from knee surgery last season, each hit three-run homers in a six-run third inning.
Pablo Sandoval, attempting to reclaim the third-base job after missing nearly all of last season after surgery on his left shoulder, went 1-for-2 with a double.
The Red Sox open Grapefruit League play Friday afternoon when they host the New York Mets at JetBlue Park.
CSN baseball analyst Lou Merloni sits down with Pedro Martinez and Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis to discuss one of Pedro's greatest games.
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On September 10, 1999 at the height of the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry, Pedro Martinez struck out 17 Yankees in a complete game victory, with the only hit he allowed being a home run to Chili Davis. The two men recall that memorable night in the Bronx, and discuss the state of pitching in 2017.