Kevin Youkilis enjoyed his time in Chicago, after joining the White Sox in the middle of the 2012 season. The White Sox hold a club option for $14 million, which they are expected to decline, meaning Youkilis will likely be turned loose to test free agency this winter. The third baseman had the following to say about his 2012 season and what his future might hold:
"What I learned this year is baseball is a business. For me, personally, I have enjoyed it and have had a lot of fun. It has been great for my family in Cincinnati to come up and watch. As for the future, who knows what is going to happen? Now that I have a family, they will come first in my decisions."
When asked to compare the two cities in which he played this season, Youkilis had the following to say about Chicago:
"There were little things here and there that are way different than Boston. Boston, you are used to sold-out crowds every night. It was very surprising that when we were winning, we were still second fiddle to the Cubs. I thought we brought a lot of enjoyment to the fans. There is a great fan base that was there."
All told, Youkilis played 80 games for the White Sox. He hit .236 with a .346 OBP in that time, chipping in 15 home runs and 46 RBI. For his major league career, Youkilis has hit .283 with 148 home runs and 610 RBI. He will turn 34 years old during spring training of next season.