Saw this ESPNBoston’s site:
The idea of trading Kevin Youkilis to make way for top prospect Will Middlebrooks gained early traction back in April, when Youkilis got off to a slow start and Middlebrooks was tearing it up for Pawtucket, hitting nine home runs and driving in 27 runs in his first 24 games.
That was premature. Youkilis has been a valuable middle-of-the-order presence in the Boston Red Sox’s lineup year after year and figured to regain his batting stroke, while the 23-year-old Middlebrooks had fewer than 200 at-bats in Triple-A. No reason to rush things.
Now, however, that conversation is no longer just fan chatter. With Middlebrooks off to a dazzling start here and the 33-year-old Youkilis on the 15-day disabled list with yet another injury, this time a strained back, general manager Ben Cherington may be faced with his biggest decision yet, even more portentous than converting Daniel Bard to a starter.
What do you think? Would you give the Red Sox a call about Youkilis? He’s talked about wanting to play here…what would you be willing to give up for him?
I’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in ’84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in ’90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.