(BOSTON) — The Boston Red Sox traded infielder Kevin Youkilis to the Chicago White Sox for utilityman Brent Lillibridge and pitcher Zach Stewart on Sunday.
Chicago, which is now leading the AL Central, has been looking for a third baseman, with Brent Morel suffering from back problems.
ESPN MLB insider Buster Olney reports the Red Sox will pay all but $2 million of Youkilis’ contract.
Youkilis, who had been benched the previous three games, started Sunday’s game versus the Atlanta Braves. Prior to the bottom of the seventh inning, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told Red Sox skipper Bobby Valentine that there was a “situation pending.” Youkilis was due up in the inning and ended up hitting a triple. Valentine then took Youkilis out of the game, and Youk received a standing ovation from the Boston crowd. He went back to the dugout before coming out again for a curtain call.
Youkilis has struggled this season, hitting .233 in 42 games with 14 RBIs.
With Youkilis gone, David Ortiz is the only member of the 2004 championship team still with the team.
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