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RedSoxtober
06-25-2013, 10:25 AM
Found this pretty interesting/amusing from Boston.com...


Meanwhile, today marks the one-year anniversary of the Red Sox trading Kevin Youkilis to make room for Will Middlebrooks.

It was a deal that didn't work out too well for any of the players involved so far. Consider:

Youkilis has hit .232 in 108 games for the White Sox and Yankees with a .335 on-base percentage. The 34-year-old is on the disabled list for the second time this season with the Yankees. He underwent back surgery in California last week to repair a herniated disc and is expected to miss at least 10-12 weeks.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the team does not expect Youkilis to return before the final weeks of September if then.

The Red Sox received righthander righthander Zach Stewart and infielder Brett Lillibridge from Chicago in return for Youkilis. Stewart pitched poorly in two starts and was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates after the season for Kyle Kaminska, a minor league lefthander who played in six games and retired.

Lillibridge was traded to the Indians in July, released in November and signed by the Cubs. They traded him to the Yankees last week ironically to improve their depth at third base because of the loss of Youkilis.

The only peripheral return on Youkilis for the Red Sox is righthanded reliever Jose De La Torre, who was obtained from Cleveland for Lillibridge. He has pitched in three games for the Sox but spent most of the season with Triple A Pawtucket.

Since the day Youkilis was traded, Middlebrooks has hit .210 with a .646 OPS. He broke his right wrist last Aug. 10 when he was hit by a pitch and missed the rest of the season.

Middlebrooks started slowly this season and lost his job to Jose Iglesias. He has not played in five of the last six games.

Super.
06-25-2013, 12:22 PM
3rd base killed Youk

bagwell368
06-25-2013, 12:29 PM
All comes back to the Agon trade. If Theo hadn't pulled it off, Youk would have stayed at 1B and almost for sure been a good deal healthier, and hit a good deal better - and Rizzo would have debuted, and Youk would have signed for big bucks with the MFY this off season.

Throw in signing Holliday instead of Lackey, Cameron, and Crawford, and we don't need Agon to get rid of Crawford to the Dodgers, but we don't have the two kid pitchers and we still have Beckett (ugh) too.

"What if" games are only good to try and salve regret, and it doesn't work... ever. Damn.

todu82
06-25-2013, 01:00 PM
Both Middlebrooks and Youk have faltered as of late, looks like a poor deal for both teams.

-Lavigne43-
06-25-2013, 01:35 PM
Youkilis has hit .232 in 108 games for the White Sox and Yankees with a .335 on-base percentage.

This is crap. The Yankees have nothing to do with the trade, them wasting their money on Youk is a different discussion. The batting average is the same **** Bobby V spewed when he defended the trade. Youk put up a .771 OPS for the White Sox, a 107 OPS+. It was a great trade for them, they had garbage at 3b. They got someone who produced above league average for nothing, if I remember correctly we even paid some of the salary?

JPBoston
06-25-2013, 01:40 PM
This is crap. The Yankees have nothing to do with the trade, them wasting their money on Youk is a different discussion. The batting average is the same **** Bobby V spewed when he defended the trade. Youk put up a .771 OPS for the White Sox, a 107 OPS+. It was a great trade for them, they had garbage at 3b. They got someone who produced above league average for nothing, if I remember correctly we even paid some of the salary?

I agree with this... Youk definitely performed comparatively well for the White Sox when they needed it most (at least, heading into the playoffs). Especially considering they gave up a sack of used balls as compensation for him.

RedSoxtober
06-25-2013, 03:58 PM
This is crap. The Yankees have nothing to do with the trade, them wasting their money on Youk is a different discussion. The batting average is the same **** Bobby V spewed when he defended the trade. Youk put up a .771 OPS for the White Sox, a 107 OPS+. It was a great trade for them, they had garbage at 3b. They got someone who produced above league average for nothing, if I remember correctly we even paid some of the salary?

Meh, they commented on a full year's play with all the players involved.

-Lavigne43-
06-25-2013, 06:11 PM
Meh, they commented on a full year's play with all the players involved.

Which is different than saying the trade went bad for everyone. The White Sox got value out of nothing. Youk has been injured and ineffective all season, but he was a free agent. You can't use this season to say the trade was fine for the Red Sox. The Yankees were idiots to give him $9M when he was clearly in decline. They already had Chavez who is just as injury prone but is still a good hitter

RedSoxtober
06-26-2013, 08:13 AM
Which is different than saying the trade went bad for everyone. The White Sox got value out of nothing. Youk has been injured and ineffective all season, but he was a free agent. You can't use this season to say the trade was fine for the Red Sox. The Yankees were idiots to give him $9M when he was clearly in decline. They already had Chavez who is just as injury prone but is still a good hitter

I think that you misread it. The opening line said that it had not worked out for any of the players involved. While sports writers often use that as a reference to the teams, here it actually meant the guys in uniform.

ruckus16969
06-27-2013, 07:41 PM
Pretty interesting read. I would rather have kept Youk to be honest with ya. Ya he was an A hole but he grind-ed out at bats