Red Sox Deal Youkilis To White Sox For Big League Duo




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The Deal
The Red Sox completed their long-rumored trade of third baseman Kevin Youkilis, sending the 33-year-old veteran and approximately $5.5 million to the White Sox for a pair of big leaguers, righthander Zach Stewart and utilityman Brent Lillibridge, who has played every position but pitcher and catcher in the big leagues.

Youkilis received a standing ovation from the Fenway Park crowd as he departed for a pinch-runner in the seventh inning of Boston's Sunday afternoon game against the Braves. He bid farewell to Red Sox teammates in the dugout, an obvious precursor to the trade that ended Youkilis' 12-year tenure in the Red Sox organization.

The rapid ascent of Boston rookie third baseman Will Middlebrooks, who put up a .949 OPS and swatted nine home runs in his first 41 big league games, hastened Youkilis' trade to the White Sox, a club that will welcome him with open arms. Chicago third basemen—Brent Morel, Orlando Hudson, Eduardo Escobar and Lillibridge—have hit .167/.243/.224 this season.
 
Red Sox Acquire
Zach Stewart, rhp
Age: 25.
Born: Sept. 28, 1986 in Wichita Falls, Texas.
Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 205. Bats: R. Throws: R.
School: Texas Tech.
Career Transactions: Selected by Reds in third round of 2008 draft; signed June 8, 2008 ... Traded by Reds with 3B Edwin Encarnacion and RHP Josh Roenicke to Blue Jays for 3B Scott Rolen, July 31, 2009 ... Traded by Blue Jays with RHP Jason Frasor to White Sox for RHP Edwin Jackson and 3B Mark Teahen, July 27, 2011.

Club (League) Class W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
Chicago (AL) MLB 1 2 6.00 18 1 0 30 41 26 20 10 4 16 1.50

Neither Stewart nor Lillibridge fared particularly well during the first half with the White Sox—Stewart allowed 10 home runs in 30 innings while Lillibridge put up a .422 OPS—but each offers versatility and enough talent to serve in a complementary role. Stewart got rocked for six runs (on four homers) in 5 2/3 innings during his lone start this season, and he had been only marginally better in 17 relief appearances, posting a 15-4 K-BB ratio and 1.48 WHIP. His best offering is a low-80s slider, and his fastball has lost a tick or two since his prospect days and he now pitches at 87-91 mph, relying on cutting and running action instead of pure velocity. Stewart finds the strike zone often with his slider, fastball and changeup, but his time in Chicago provided ample evidence that when he misses his location opponents tend to hit the ball a long way. He allowed 19 homers in 80 2/3 innings during the past two seasons, or 2.1 per nine innings.
 
Brent Lillibridge, 1b/lf/3b
Age: 28. Bats: R. Remaining Commitment: Under club control through 2015 ($500,000 salary this season).
Contract details courtesy of Cot's Baseball Contracts.

Club (League) YEAR AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
Chicago (AL) 2012 .175 49 63 10 11 1 0 0 2 4 26 7 .232 .190
3-Year Totals .233 209 347 67 81 11 3 15 47 24 124 22 .296 .412
 
White Sox Acquire
Kevin Youkilis, 3b
Age: 33. Bats: R. Remaining Commitment: Under contract for $12 million in 2012, with a $1 million buyout for 2013 (Red Sox include $5.5 million in deal).
Contract details courtesy of Cot's Baseball Contracts.

Club (League) YEAR AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
Boston (AL) 2012 .233 42 146 25 34 7
1
4 14 14 39 0 .315 .377
3-Year Totals .273 264 939 170 256 65 8
40 156 140 206 7 .380 .487

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