White Sox Trade Alert: Kevin Youkilis On To Chicago!
With the Chicago White Sox taking the series finale against the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday, everyone seemed just happy with the fact the team finally won their first series in about a month. But then, during the waning moments of the game, news broke through that the White Sox had secured Boston Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis. For the past few years, trade rumors have constantly swirled about the White Sox getting Youkilis in a deal, and as always, general manager Kenny Williams got his guy, even if it ended up being a couple years later. The deal involved the White Sox shipping over struggling pitcher Zach Stewart and utility infielder/super-sub Brent Lillibridge to the Red Sox. It was interesting to see how the trade went down as the game was still being played. Lillibridge had originally went in as a pinch runner for Paul Konerko, and an inning later in the tenth, Eduardo Escobar came in to pinch hit for Lillibridge. It was then when most fans put two and two together and realized the utility fielder that was being traded was Lillibridge as opposed to Escobar or Orlando Hudson.
Speaking of Hudson, this deal will finally get Hudson out of the hot corner, and that’s probably a good thing as this was the first time in his career he ever played third base. Getting the three time All-Star Youkilis in there is a much better option, and even if he currently is hitting in the .220’s right now, it still gives the White Sox a better offensive option than Hudson or Brent Morel was providing. The White Sox are very hopeful that Youkilis’ new environment will help him pick up that average. After losing his job to rookie Will Middlebrooks, Youkilis’ relationship suffered with the team and it was obvious he wanted to get out and get more significant playing time.
So, with the White Sox in a pennant race and currently back in first, Youkilis will come right in, start every day and help get this team to the postseason. The impact he makes should be immediate. Again, White Sox third basemen this year haven’t been the best offensively. Even with Youkilis having a sub par year, his numbers will be a welcome addition to this team, especially the way the offense is struggling right now. With all that being said, it seems the White Sox are not going to be sellers before this trade deadline hits. If the Sox plan on continuing to be a buyer, however, that remains to be seen.
Trade Breakdown White Sox get: Kevin Youkilis Red Sox get: Brent Lillibridge & Zach StewartPhoto Credit: Getty Images