BOSTON, MA - JUNE 24: Kevin Youkilis #20 of the Boston Red Sox breaks his bat while getting a single during the second inning of the interleague game against the Atlanta Braves at Fenway Park on June 24, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Winslow Townson/Getty Images)
The White Sox have reportedly acquired Kevin Youkilis from the Red Sox to take over at third base.
The Chicago White Sox have acquired third baseman Kevin Youkilis from the Boston Red Sox, according to a source that's spoken with WEEI.com's Rob Bradford. With rumors swirling, the Red Sox intensified their effort to trade the veteran infielder this week and it appears they've found a match in the expected frontrunner.
Youkilis, 33, has been a core part of Boston's lineup for years, but he was supplanted at third base earlier this year by 23-year-old Will Middlebrooks. His numbers have been lackluster, with a .225/.311/.359 line and just four homers, but Chicago's gotten absolutely abysmal production at third base.
According to FanGraphs, Chicago's third basemen have been worth -1.5 wins above replacement this year, the worst mark in baseball by over a win. While it's unclear what they're giving up in the deal, Youkilis should provide a major upgrade as the White Sox go for the division crown.
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