Bobby Valentine on Youkilis Trade

CineSport— The Red Sox traded Kevin Youkilis to the Chicago White Sox on Sunday in exchange for pitcher Zach Stewart and utility man Brent Lillibridge. Boston manager Bobby Valentine discussed the trade.

The trade comes as no surprise, as manager Bobby Valentine and Youkilis have not seen eye to eye during Valentine’s short time with the team. Couple that with the emergence of rookie third basemen Will Middlebrooks, and Youkilis has been as good as gone for weeks.

With Youkilis gone, the Red Sox can focus on developing Middlebrooks as their third basemen of the future and can stick with Cody Ross in right field.

Coming over to Boston from Chicago are reliever Zach Stewart and utility player Brent Lillibridge. Stewart will start his Red Sox tenure in Triple-A, while Lillibridge will look to contribute off of the bench. Lillibridge’s ability to play all around the field will benefit the Red Sox, although his bat won’t make much of an impact.

The White Sox are currently battling for first place in the AL Central, with the Cleveland Indians, and the addition of Youkilis will only help their offense. With Paul Konerko anchoring first base with All-Star numbers, Youkilis will start immediately at third to replace Orlando Hudson, who is currently hitting .194.

Youkilis is having an off year, hitting only .233. But his veteran experience, grittiness andability to get on base are what make Youkilis so useful. If he can get his numbers up, especially his on-base percentage, the combination of Youkilis, Konerko and Adam Dunn could prove to be one of the best lineups in the division.

The trade benefits both teams a great deal. The Red Sox clear clutter out of their lineup to make room for a potential future star, while the White Sox immediately upgrade a premium position in an effort to try to command a division lead.

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