Looks like Kevin Youkilis will be changing his Sox. From red to white, as the veteran third baseman is headed from Boston to Chicago’s’ north side.
While news broke earlier in the day, an official announcement was made immediately following Sunday’s Red Sox game against the Atlanta Braves at Fenway.
Youkilis, who started for Boston versus the Braves, left the game early as a video tribute was played.
As the information continues to roll out off the wire. This is what we know so far:
The White Sox have acquired the Boston All-Star in a deal that sends utility player Brent Lillibridge and right-handed pitcher Zach Stewart to the Red Sox.
Boston will also pick up a good portion of the $8 million that Youkilis is still owed, paying out $5.5 million to Chicago, which means they’ll only pay $2 million of Youkilis’ $13 million salary for this season.
Meanwhile, Stewart will be packing his bags again after he was sent to the minors on Tuesday following a fill-in start in a blowout loss against the Cubs, while Lillibridge, who is hitting just .175/.232/.190 in 70 plate appearances, will likely find himself backing up Boston’s Will Middlebrooks at third.
It appears from the onset that Youkilis is walking into very good situation. Same league, and even a below-average performance will be upgrade on what the White Sox were getting from converted second baseman Orlando Hudson at third, who was hitting an anemic .167 in 27 games.