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White Sox Players Kevin Youkilis, Francisco Liriano In 'Make Or Break Year'

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.

Liriano, meanwhile, has had an up and down season, sporting a 5.35 ERA and 4.02 FIP through 114 and 1/3 innings.

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