Boston’s chances to get its asking price are enhanced by the third-base needs of several teams. The White Sox, with a baseball-low .451 OPS for their third basemen, are among other teams expected to join the derby for now believed headed by the Dodgers, Philadelphia and Arizona.
Other teams that have been connected in at least some way (i.e. a scout was spotted at a Red Sox game) or make some sense for Youkilis, who is batting .313 with a .913 OPS since his return and .253 overall, include the Indians, Angels, Rangers, Giants, Reds and Brewers. (A full rundown of all the teams is below.)
Red Sox people are saying publicly they aren’t shopping Youkilis, and while there is indeed no urgency to trade him immediately, some club officials do see a Youkilis trade as the likely solution to alleviate a crowded positional situation that becomes much more crowded once Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford return. The emergence of rookie Will Middlebrooks at third base has made Youkilis expendable. First baseman Adrian Gonzalez helped alleviate the crowd by playing right field capably, but one club official called that scenario “not a permanent solution.’‘
Posted: June 04, 2012 at 05:05 AM | 29 comment(s)
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