Knobler: Red Sox "Intend" To Trade Kevin Youkilis

Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis (20) catches a line drive against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE

This isn't surprising if you've been paying attention to the rise of Will Middlebrooks or the is-he-or-isn't-he-healthy Kevin Youkilis saga, but Danny Knobler of CBS Sports dropped an interesting note on Twitter today regardless:

So, Boston is actively telling teams that they still plan to trade Kevin Youkilis in order to open up a full-time spot for Will Middlebrooks in the lineup. This isn't a total surprise: yes, the current setup where Adrian Gonzalez, Will Middlebrooks, and Kevin Youkilis all get to play makes sense right now, but once outfielders start to come back healthy -- Ryan Kalish could be back in June, while Jacoby Ellsbury, Carl Crawford, and Cody Ross are all expected to return in July -- it's going to be difficult to fit all of these bats in the lineup at once. Plus, there's the matter of Youk's health: will he stay on the field all season, or is this simply the time in between injuries?

All those bats are a good problem to have, and one Boston is letting everyone else know they intend to solve. Youkilis has hit .313/.373/.513 since his return from the disabled list, so now's as good a time as any to draw attention to him.

[Update 2:05 pm] Not so fast, says general manager Ben Cherington:

"That's inaccurate," Cherington e-mailed WEEI.com Friday afternoon. "Some teams have checked in on him. We haven't told any teams we plan to trade him. It's our job to listen if teams have interest. He's swinging the bat well since coming off the DL and [is] a big part of our team and lineup."

Maintaining a level of mystery, or actually just doing their due diligence?

Latest News

In This Article

Teams
Players
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Over the Monster

You must be a member of Over the Monster to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Over the Monster. You should read them.

Join Over the Monster

You must be a member of Over the Monster to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Over the Monster. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker