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.
For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more extensive coverage, visit White Sox blog South Side Sox. For more baseball news coverage, visit Baseball Nation. Also subscribe to the SB Nation Youtube channel for video commentary.