UPDATE 6/24/12- 5:32 PM EST:
Well that didn’t take long.
It appears that Youkilis has been traded to the White Sox, according to mutiple sources including Bob Nightnegale of USA Today.
Details to follow.
ORIGINAL POST 6/24/12: With the Kevin Youkilis derby ramping up for a big finale, we here at MLBrumorblog.com thought it might be a good idea to try and get everyone caught up with the latest chatter.
Things picked up steam on Saturday. With the White Sox, Pirates, Indians and Dodgers all showing their hand, and expressing some level of interest in acquiring the veteran third baseman.
However, it is the White Sox that have emerged as the frontrunners in this four-horse race. A team not thought to be in the mix for Youkilis at the start of the past week.
It was then speculated that only NL teams might be interested in Youkilis after a high-ranking official with a National League club, speaking on the grounds of anonymity told Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com that the veteran is “being shopped everywhere.”
The Pirates were one of those NL teams reportedly interested in the three-time All-Star, along with the Arizona Diamondbacks who have seemed to drop off the sweepstakes radar.
Of course, no one really knows what will finally transpire, until some sort of deal actually goes forward. But here’s what we know for now.
Youkilis remains in the Boston Red Sox lineup as of today.
Boston has reportedly said that they are willing to include about $5MM of the nearly $8MM remaining on Youkilis’ contract in the trade, making a deal much more eye-catching to impending suitors.
Somehow, personally, I think the Dodgers and Indians are longshots on this deal. Both teams have decent talent at the position and wouldn’t be interested in giving up any additional players for an aging and slumping Youkilis.
The Pirates have been too quite to still be serious.
So that leaves Chicago.
But why would the White Sox be interested, as Youkilis who is hitting just the same .170 as incumbent converted second baseman Orlando Hudson?
Depth, as primary third baseman Brent Morel is on the DL.