Kevin Youkilis of the Boston Red Sox waves to the crowd after being taken out of the interleague game against the Atlanta Braves at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Winslow Townson/Getty Images)

Kevin Youkilis Dealt To White Sox For Brent Lillibridge And Zach Stewart

After weeks of speculation, the Red Sox pulled the trigger on a deal that sent Kevin Youkilis to the White Sox.

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White Sox Acquire Kevin Youkilis For Brent Lillibridge And Zach Stewart

Try saying all those names fast!

After a flurry of activity surrounding Kevin Youkilis' departure from the Red Sox/Braves game, it has now been made official; apparently the teams were waiting for the White Sox/Brewers game to end before making an announcement. But Youkilis is now a member of the Chicago White Sox:

The White Sox have been in the market for a third baseman ever since Brent Morel went down with an injury; they tried converted second baseman Orlando Hudson there, but he didn't hit -- .167/.247/.286 in 95 plate appearances before Sunday -- so the Sox of White looked toward the Sox of Red for help.

Youkilis, once one of the better hitters in the American League, has spent time on the DL this year and hasn't hit much either -- .225/.311/.359 with just four home runs in 161 plate appearances before Sunday, by far his worst major league season.

Further, this trade doesn't provide Boston much salary relief:

They're hoping that Stewart, once a promising Blue Jays prospect, will help their rotation issues, and that Lillibridge, who can play multiple positions, will provide some bench help behind Will Middlebrooks, who now takes over full-time at third base.

It's a risk for both teams, who both hope to continue to contend in their respective divisions.

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Red Sox Trade Kevin Youkilis To White Sox, According To Reports

The Kevin Youkilis trade writing has been on the Red Sox clubhouse wall for several weeks now. On Sunday, Youkilis played in what appears to be his final game in a Boston uniform at Fenway Park. The Red Sox have reportedly dealt the third baseman to the Chicago White Sox.

In a bizarre and touching moment, Youkilis ended his Red Sox career with an RBI triple in the seventh inning. When he stood up, he was pulled for a pinch runner and walked off to applauding fans, who had to know what was going on. The Providence Journal's Brian MacPherson has great detail in this on-the-scene report:

Youkilis ripped off his helmet and pointed his fingers into the air, even blowing a kiss. It was a tribute to the fans who have showered him with cheers -- and "Yoooooooooouks" -- since he made his major-league debut in in 2004. He embraced Punto in the middle of the infield and then embraced a Dustin Pedroia-led horde of teammates at the top step of the dugout. After he'd disappeared into the dugout, Valentine was among those who motioned Youkilis back out onto the field. Home-plate umpire Al Porter obliged by calling for time, and Youkilis popped back out onto the field to a massive roar from the 37,000-plus in attendance. The Red Sox then played a short Youkilis highlight reel on the video board in center field after the inning ended.

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Kevin Youkilis Getting Some Bench Time

The Boston Red Sox probably weren't trying to squeeze every last drop of trade value out of Kevin Youkilis when they kept playing him despite an awful slump. Manager Bobby Valentine was likely trying to put what he thought was the best team on the field. But it looks like he's thinking differently now:

Middlebrooks was in something of a slump, dipping down to a .289/.328/.484 line after a ridiculously hot start. But he has six hits and two home runs over his last eight at-bats, which brought him up to .316/.352/.551. You have to love the volatility of small samples.

If a team was interested in a slightly dinged and slumping Youkilis, they probably aren't going to be scared away from a slightly dinged, slumping, and rusty Youkilis. And it's looking more and more inevitable that he's going to leave Boston soon.

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Kevin Youkilis Trade Rumors: Sox 3B 'Being Shopped Everywhere'

When the Boston Red Sox brought up third-base prospect Will Middlebrooks to cover for a Kevin Youkilis injury, things got complicated. Middlebrooks started raking, and Youkilis kept ailing. Rumors started that suggested Youkilis was on his way out, which GM Ben Cherington strongly denied. Middlebrooks started to slump a bit -- .212/.289/.212 in 33 June at-bats -- and the rumors died down a bit.

Until now! From the Ken Rosenthal/Jon Morosi tandem:

Trade dialogue surrounding the beleaguered Boston third baseman has intensified in the last 24 to 48 hours, major-league sources told FOXSports.com. The Red Sox have made clear that (a) Youkilis is available and (b) they are willing to include cash to facilitate a better player return. In response, a number of clubs have indicated that they have interest in acquiring the three-time All-Star.

The usual suspects are getting a mention as trade possibilities. The Dodgers, White Sox, and Indians were mentioned, as well as the Diamondbacks and Pirates.

Youkilis is hitting .215/.301/.341 on the season, and if we're going to mention what Middlebrooks is hitting in June, it's only fair to point out that Youkilis is hitting .128/.261/.179 for the month.

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