Friday, October 28, 2011

Youk Likely Staying

Despite rampant trade rumors to the contrary, it appears that the Red Sox are committed to keeping Kevin Youkilis. WEEI's Alex Speier points out that, prior to his injury, Youkilis was among the best offensive third baseman in baseball. Even with the lost second half of 2011, he finished with 80 RBI and an OPS of over .800. The most important factor, however, is the significant payroll flexibility Youkilis offers—as well as protection if David Ortiz leaves the DH spot open.