White Sox acquire Kevin Youkilis, cash from Red Sox for Brent Lillibridge, Zach Stewart
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org June 24, 2012 4:50PM
Boston Red Sox's Kevin Youkilis, left, hugs teammate Dustin Pedroia as Youklis comes off the field after hitting a triple and being replaced with a pinch runner in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Boston, Sunday, June 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Updated: June 24, 2012 5:49PM
The White Sox acquired three-time All-Star Kevin Youkilis and cash considerations from the Boston Red Sox for utility man Brent Lillibridge and right-handed pitcher Zach Stewart on Sunday.
Youkilis, 33, is a career .286 hitter with 133 home runs, 239 doubles, 563 RBI and 594 runs scored in nine seasons with the Red Sox. He’s hitting .225 with four home runs and 13 RBI in 41 games this season. He was on the disabled list May 2-21 with tightness in his lower back.
Lillibridge, 28, is hitting .175 with no home runs, two RBI and seven stolen bases in 48 games. A versatile player who can play all three outfield positions and all four infield spots, he batted .217 with 15 home runs and 50 RBI in three-plus seasons with the White Sox. Lillibridge was due to bat for the Sox in the 10th inning Sunday against the Milwaukee Brewers but was lifted for pinch hitter Eduardo Escobar, who delivered the game-winning hit in the Sox’ 1-0 victory.
Stewart, 25, was sent to Class AAA Charlotte on Tuesday after going 1-2 with a 6.00 ERA in 30 innings with the Sox. He was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays last July with pitcher Jason Frasor in the trade for pitcher Edwin Jackson and infielder Mark Teahen.
The Sox reportedly will receive about $5.5 million from the Red Sox to cover the majority of Youkilis’ salary.
General manager Ken Williams signed veteran Orlando Hudson in late May as a stopgap measure to replace the injured Brent Morel at third, but Hudson has hit well below .200 and has had his ups and downs transitioning from second base to third.
“We owe it to our fans and the men in that clubhouse in uniform to try to exhaust ourselves to be the best team we can possibly be,” Williams said.