I swear it was only yesterday that I read that the White Sox were no longer interested in Kevin Youkilis and had decided to focus their attention on adding pitching instead. With the news of Phil Humber going on the disabled list Friday, I figured that wouldn't be changing any time soon.
So of course Buster Olney reported late Friday night that a Youkilis trade could happen at any moment and that the White Sox were apparently the favorite to get him.
A trade of Boston Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis could happen at any time now, two officials involved in trade talks told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney. On Friday night, the Chicago White Sox were perceived to be one of the frontrunners.
The Red Sox have talked with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, Atlanta Braves and Arizona Diamondbacks about Youkilis, among other teams. One executive involved indicated on Friday night the White Sox were thought to be competing with an NL team, and the Red Sox were going through the process of trying to nudge offers one last time.Whether or not I like this or not I can't answer until it actually happens and I see what the White Sox gave up for him.
All I can say at this point is that there isn't a whole lot about Youkilis' line of .225/.311/.359 to like, but when you compare it to what Orlando Hudson and Brent Morel have given the Sox, it's actually an improvement.
Plus, if it did happen I suppose we could cross our fingers and hope that Youkilis was just so miserable playing under Bobby Valentine in Boston that a change of scenery would reinvigorate him.