Sox break up Youk/Middlebrooks logjam
June, 25, 2012
By Eric Karabell | ESPN Insider
It's certainly understandable to be skeptical that 33-year-old third baseman Kevin Youkilis has anything left in the proverbial baseball tank, but then again, the Chicago White Sox were using Orlando Hudson to play third base. Youkilis is a significant upgrade, and I don't think he is done helping a real baseball team or a fantasy team after Sunday's interesting trade from the Boston Red Sox.
Youkilis was, not too long ago, a coveted fantasy asset; he was hitting for batting average, taking walks and supplying power. That hasn't been Youkilis this season, as back problems have likely played a role in him hitting .225. His walk rate and power also looked little like the former version. Of course, it is relevant that Youkilis was hitting .285 with 13 home runs and 63 RBIs at the All-Star break last season. His second half was painful, probably literally, but this isn't exactly a player that was last productive in 2005.