White Sox acquired 3B Kevin Youkilis and cash from the Red Sox for RHP Zach Stewart and UTIL Brent Lillibridge.
A monster upgrade over Brent Morel and Orlando Hudson, Youk has escaped a diminished role in Boston and assumed an everyday gig with the contending White Sox. Chicago's third basemen entered play Sunday with a pathetic .466 OPS, easily the worst mark in the majors. The move is obviously a coup for Youkilis' fantasy value. The veteran missed nearly a month earlier this season with a back strain and has batted just .233 with four homers and 14 RBI, but we would expect him to improve in his new surroundings. Youkilis is earning $12 million this season with a $1 million buyout of next season's $13 million salary. Boston covered a bit more than $5.5 million of the roughly $7 million owed to Youkilis through the end of the year.