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By Steve Adams @ MLBTradeRumors
The Indians and Phillies are keeping an eye on Kevin Youkilis as he rehabs from injury, according to ESPN‘s Jerry Crasnick (on Twitter). Crasnick goes on to tweet that while the Tribe has a need for a right-handed bat, they’ve yet to actually call the Red Sox to begin any negotiations.
Youkilis, 33, has appeared in 18 games for the Red Sox this season. He hit just .219/.292/.344 in those contests. The fast start of Will Middlebrooks and the long-term presence of Adrian Gonzalez have many speculating that the Red Sox may be ready to move on from Youkilis.
Middlebrooks, ranked as Boston’s top prospect and No. 51 in all of MLB by Baseball America this offseason, is hitting .277/.309/.565 with five homers through his first 16 games. Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe noted today that the Red Sox rave about Middlebrooks’ glove as well (Twitter link).
The Phillies, meanwhile, have received an OPS+ of 83 from Placido Polanco at third base. They’ve primarily used Ty Wigginton, John Mayberry, and Laynce Nix at first this year, to mixed results. As a whole, their first basemen are batting .272/.351/.406.
Earlier today, the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo threw the Diamondbacks into the mix of teams who could be interesting in acquiring the 33-year-old.
by Craig Calcaterra @ Hardball Talk
“I’ve talked with a number of executives at other teams this week, because this looks like it’s headed down that path.” … Olney said that other general managers have told him that Youkilis is going to have to put about three productive and healthy weeks together in order for them to gauge his trade value.
Obviously Will Middlebrooks’ nice place since his callup is goosing this along. I’ve not been paying too close attention to how Middlebrooks is perceived locally, but I get the sense that there’s some college football backup quarterback stuff going on there, where he’s seen as a savior while the old guy is taken for granted.
My question: if the Sox do start seriously shopping Youkilis, do the press and fans perceive it as a white flag waving on the 2012 season, or do they view it as making way for Middlebrooks?
Kevin is currently hitting .170 with 13 strike outs this year. The last time someone had that bad of a start, the player’s wife ended up getting a divorce, because he was such a loser.
Youk is already a loser, so it may not make a difference that he is completely terrible.
We talked to a Yankees fan to hear his take.
“Youk is a smelly piece of dog crap. He has a stupid stance, looks like a fool and can now add terrible to his repertoire” said Bobbi Guldo an amateur bee keeper.
Source: The Bronx Goblin