According to Mike Axisa of MLB Trade Rumors, the Chicago White Sox have a pair players on the brink of contractual collapse. The duo of 3B Kevin Youkilis and SP Francisco Liriano must perform well this season or else risk signing for below-market deals in the 2013 MLB offseason. And according to Axisa, injury problems for Youkilis may have already guaranteed the Sox will decline his option:
Kevin Youkilis, White Sox -- Youkilis lost his starting job with the Red Sox and was traded to the White Sox, who are likely to decline his $13MM option after the season. The 33-year-old has dealt with nagging injuries and is hitting .238/.339/.427 overall.