With the Boston Red Sox’s recent slump stemming from their dismal bullpen that ranks third worst among all 30 MLB teams, it appears that the team might entertain the idea of dealing slugging infielder Kevin Youkilis who is currently rehabbing from injury.
According to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick on Sunday, the Indians and Phillies are keeping an eye on Youkilis.
Although they’ve yet to actually call the Red Sox to begin any negotiations, it’s no secret that the Tribe could use a right-handed bat, while Philadelphia seems like a less-likely landing pot for Youkilis who wouldn’t serve much of an option in the designated hitter-less National League.
Youkilis, 33, has appeared in 18 games for the Red Sox this season. He hit just .219/.292/.344 in those game, and with the fast start of Will Middlebrooks and the long-term presence of veteran infielder Adrian Gonzalez has many speculating that the Red Sox may be ready to move on from Youkilis.
On a side note, the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo threw the Diamondbacks into the mix of teams who could be interesting in acquiring the Youkilis as well.