The White Sox announced after Sundayâ€™s game that theyâ€™ve acquired Kevin Youkilis from Boston in exchange forÂ right-hander Zach Stewart and utilityman Brent Lillibridge.
The Red Sox are also sending $5.5 million in cash to help cover Youkilisâ€™ salary, according to FOXSports.comâ€™s Ken Rosenthal.
â€śI just got off the phone with him, heâ€™s very excited to join our club and heâ€™s got a little edge to him that I like,â€ť White Sox GM Kenny Williams said. â€śI canâ€™t tell you exactly what he said, but he wants to come in and prove some people wrong.â€ť
Youkilis will take over at the hot corner for the White Sox. Brent Morel, who opened the season with the job, is out with a back injury and there is no timetable for his return. He was struggling mightily anyway, and heâ€™ll likely be optioned to Triple-A once healthy.
The Red Sox are now committed to Will Middlebrooks at third, and theyâ€™ll see if Stewart and Lillibridge can help in lesser roles. Stewart, 25, had a 6.00 ERA in one start and 17 relief appearances for the White Sox this season. Heâ€™s to join the rotation at Triple-A Pawtucket for now. Extremely homer-prone up to this point of his major league career â€” heâ€™s allowed 21 in 97 1/3 innings â€” he figures to benefit from getting out of U.S. Cellular Park. While Fenway is still a hitterâ€™s park, itâ€™s not a home run park.
Lillibridge was outstanding in his bit role last year, hitting .258/.340/.505 with 13 homers in 186 at-bats. This year, heâ€™s returned to previous form, with a .175 average, no homers and 26 strikeouts in 63 at-bats. On the plus side, heâ€™s a good defensive outfielder, and heâ€™s capable of playing anywhere in the infield, though heâ€™s well below average at second base and short.
Youkilis, who was drafted by Boston back in 2001, went 2-for-4 with an RBI triple Sunday in his final game for the Red Sox. Heâ€™s hitting .233/.317/.377 in 146 at-bats this season.
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