There has been a lot of talk about trading Kevin Youkilis lately. I think that unless we are getting someone that can help us this year as much as Youkilis can, we should not trade him. While people are saying Youk would get nothing, I don't understand that. He still has an option year, so if a team wants him for another year, they can pick it up, so the rental argument doesn't make much sense. Youk is owed 12 million this year, and 14 million next year. According to fangraphs, a player must produce 2.7 WAR to be worth 12 million dollars, and 3.1 WAR to be worth 14 million dollars. Youk has put up a 3.7 WAR or higher every year since 2007. While Youk is old, and did have a worse season last year, there is still a reasonable possibility last year was a fluke year, and Youk was still worth 3.7 WAR last year. People say Youk can't play 3B and can only play 1B. I think he would be better at 1B, but can play 3B below average.
More people are talking about how Will Middlebrooks will replace Youk easily. I don't see that happening, Middlebrooks has hit well overall so far in the majors, but his OBP is .309, his BB% is 4.4, and his K% is 32.4. His hitting is not sustainable.
So I think we could trade Youk, if we got a good piece, but I don't think we have to.
So let's look at all the teams in the majors and if they would want Youk:
Indians: Possible trade candidate if they are still good by the deadline. Not much money, but if they really want to go for it
White Sox: Konerko
Tigers: Fielder and Cabrera is really a 1B
A's: Don't they have like a million first basemen? And they're not good
Angels: Pujols is still amazing despite his start
Marlins: Gaby Sanchez is okay and not old
Phillies: Howard is really a lousy player, but Amaro only cares about RBIs so Howard when he comes back
Reds: Would love to see Youks to his hometown but he can't DH in NL and they have Votto
Pirates: No money
Astros: no money
Brewers: terrible 1Bman, but they aren't good right now, and don't see them trading unless they're in it.
Dodgers: Trade candidate
D-Backs: Not enough money
Rockies: Locked in to Helton contract
Padres: Not enough money
So the teams he could be traded to are
Cubs and BRewers are longshots
I'm dreaming, but how about this longshot?