Red Sox brass have not outright said to the media that Kevin Youkilis is available, but the talk around the league is that he is, and several teams – including the Dodgers, Phillies, and Diamondbacks – are showing interest in the 33-year-old infielder, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. With the emergence of youngster Will Middlebrooks at third base and Adrian Gonzalez firmly entrenched at first base for the Red Sox, the writing is on the wall that Youkilis’s time in Beantown could be nearing an end, which should make him a hot topic over the next two months leading up to the July 31 trade deadline.
The Dodgers and the Diamondbacks are both getting little production from the third base position so far this season and could look at adding Youkilis as an upgrade. The Phillies have been dealing with injuries and could use Youkilis to add some depth to their squad.
Youkilis gained notoriety in 2003 as one of the subjects of the book “Moneyball,” in which he was nicknamed “The Greek God of Walks” as a minor leaguer in the Red Sox system. He came up to the majors in 2004 and since then has put up a career on-base percentage of .389, which is 13th among active leaders. In those nine seasons, he has a .288 average with 133 home runs and 562 RBI.
He makes $12 million this season, and his contract includes a $13 million team option for 2013.