Anonymous sources have reported for weeks that Kevin Youkilis is on the trade block. Sources within the Red Sox front office have denied the rumors repeatedly, but today news was released that three teams are interested in trading for Youkilis: the Dodgers, Diamondbacks, and Phillies. Jon Heyman, a Baseball Insider with CBS, broke the news, but added the talks are in their very preliminary stages. The Red Sox are seeking good talent in return for Youkilis, but apparently they would significantly decrease their asking price if the team involved is willing to pick up a nice chunk of the $9 million the Red Sox owe Youkilis this season.
This would be an interesting acquisition for the Phillies. Youkilis is a very versatile fielder who plays both 3rd base and 1st base. With Polanco’s recent struggles and Howard’s injury, Youkilis would be a perfect fit to slide right in and add some offense in a lineup that has struggled to find run support for their 3 acces. The Phillies have always been high on Youkilis apparently and would definitely like to hear Boston’s asking price.
Again, these talks are in the very preliminary stages with the trade deadline still 2 months away, but it would definitely solve huge short-term (Howard) and long-term (Polanco) issues for the struggling Phils. The Dodgers may be more willing to fork over the money and the Diamondbacks may have more young talent to throw into the mix, but never doubt the negotiating skills of Ruben Amaro, Jr. If he decides this is the right move for the Phils, he’ll do what he has to do to get it done.