June 24, 2012

Kevin Youkilis Traded To White Sox

Updated Below!
(In happier times ....)

Globe, 5:20 PM:
The Red Sox have traded infielder Kevin Youkilis to the Chicago White Sox, major league sources told the Globe.

The Red Sox received 25-year-old righthander Zach Stewart and utility player Brent Lillibridge.

The Red Sox also will be picking up $5.5 million of the $6.6 million Youkilis has remaining on his contract for this season. ...

Stewart, 25, is a former third-round pick from Texas Tech who was once considered a hot prospect. But this is the third time he has been traded in a span of four years, going from the Reds to Blue Jays and then to the White Sox and now to the Red Sox. ...

Lillibridge will be reporting to the Red Sox with Stewart being assigned to Triple A Pawtucket.
Nick Punto, on his on-field hug of Youkilis:
I think it was just instincts. When they call you off the field like that it's usually something. We've been friends a long time, probably 10 years. I know how much blood, sweat and tears he has thrown into this organization. I think for me it's kind of a goodbye. We haven't been teammates, but we've been friends for a long time. I think for the sake of baseball, it's always sad to see someone go like that. After he got that ovation in the first inning we were sitting next to each other and he goes, "Man, it was hard to hit after that. That felt pretty good." He hasn't been feeling too great about himself this season. But not too many Boston Red Sox players have two world championships. He was a heck of a player for this organization.
David Ortiz:
It was emotional. He's my boy. I've been playing with Youk forever. To see him go like that is not easy. It's part of the game. It's like I told him, go out and do your thing. ... That was the talk in the dugout, that he was coming in and that he just got traded. Everybody was expecting that. How long was he here for, nine years? It doesn't happen every day. He was kind of mad and upset. I don't blame him. He knew it was coming, but it's still tough.
Kevin Youkilis has been traded to the Chicago White Sox, according to WEEI's Rob Bradford:
Clubhouse source says Youkilis traded to White Sox. Nameplate is gone
Tom Caron reports that 25-year-old pitcher "Zach Stewart appears to be part of deal coming back".

Gordon Edes: "Youkilis to White Sox for Zach Stewart, who can start or relieve. Not sure if any other pieces. Don't believe so."

Jon Heyman hears that Stewart and Brent Lillibridge are coming to Boston.

Ken Rosenthal: "Lillibridge to #RedSox. RHP Stewart thought to be other piece. Significant cash to #WhiteSox."

Rosenthal also says the Red Sox are sending $5.5 million to Chicago.

The White Sox will make an official announcement after their game, which ended at 5:25 PM.


tim said...

Zach Stewart's wiki page is already updated.

tim said...

White Sox at Fenway, July 16-19

laura k said...

He knew it was coming, but it's still tough.

That's how I feel. We all knew it was coming, but it's a sad moment when it does. Not because I think the team should have kept him. Just because he's Youk!

Thank you, GGW, Sultan of Sweat, Yooooooooooook! Thanks for everything, and best of luck always.

Amy said...

I agree with Laura. I feel sad, but know it was the right move for the Sox. I will miss being able to say "YOUK," but we weren't saying it much lately anyway.

Good luck, Kevin. Hope your new Sox treat you well, except when you play the old Sox.

tim said...

Agreed L.

And even though from a purely statistical/logical standpoint, it only makes sense. But from a fan's emotional perspective, it is sad.

mattymatty said...

I miss Youk already. Always a big fan. Best of luck going forward!