4:52 PM CDT, June 24, 2012
When you go to extra innings scoreless twice in three days, you need offensive help.
I’m just not sure how the White Sox’s trade for third baseman Kevin Youkilis helps that right now.
At one time, Youkilis was a terrific heart-of-the-order hitter and part of Boston’s World Series winners in 2004 and 2007. This, however, does not seem to be that time.
Youkilis has one RBI in June, or six fewer than Orlando Hudson, the Sox starting third baseman against Milwaukee on Sunday who popped out with the bases loaded to send the latest scoreless tie into extras.
Youkilis has not homered this month. Hudson at least got lucky on one swing.
Youkilis has hit .174 in June, which is bad, but at least better than Hudson.
You get the point, Youkilis’ arrow is not pointing up. It’s pointing to the end of a decorated “Moneyball’’ career, in fact, given his back problems.
But I can see why Sox general manager Kenny Williams gave it a shot. Youkilis has a greater upside than Hudson. For this season, he probably has a greater upside than Brent Morel. For a team without much spending money, the cost was relatively cheap -- utility man Brent Lillibridge and minor-league pitcher Zach Stewart, plus the Red Sox reportedly paying most of Youkilis’ remaining salary.
It can’t hurt. It might turn into a good gamble. That’s about the best you can say about this move.
Funny thing is, backup third baseman Eduardo Escobar came off the bench to drive in the game-winning run Sunday, giving him as many RBIs as Youkilis this month.
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