Published on 25 June 2012
It became clear over the last few weeks that Kevin Youkilis days in Boston was coming to an end. On Sunday, that speculation became a reality as Youkilis was traded to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for right-hander Zach Stewart and utilityman Brad Lillibridge. There’s no doubt that Youkilis’ abilities have started to slip and he’s also injury-prone. Youkilis hasn’t played in more than 120 games since 2009 and missed three weeks earlier this year with a back ailment. However, the White Sox have been dealing with Orlando Hudson’s and Brent Morel’s dreadful production (.167 combined batting average), and Youkilis is a potential difference maker for the White Sox. And, this could be a situation that a change of scenery makes a big difference. Youkilis, who is hitting .233 with four homers in 42 games is leaving Boston with a chip on his shoulder. He wants to prove people wrong and I think he will do just that in Chicago.
In other fantasy news from the weekend…..
- On Friday night, A.J. Burnett won his seventh straight game in another excellent outing and improved his record to 8-2. During this seven game stretch, Burnett has an tremendous 1.89 ERA. He’ll face the Phillies at Philadelphia is his next start.
- The Nationals announced that Tyler Clippard will remain in the closers role even after Drew Storen returns (elbow) from the disabled list. Clippard has converted 12 straight save chances and has allowed just one hit since taking over as the Nats closer.
Mike Moustakas hit two homers in Sunday’s loss to the Cardinals. He now has 12 bombs on the year.
Aroldis Chapman blew his second straight save when Josh Willingham took him deep. Chapman says that his back is not the problem. Chapman is struggling with his control and batters know the fastball is coming. When it does, guys like Willingham don’t miss.
David Hernandez has agreed to a two-year extension with the Diamondbacks. He’ll likely take over the ninth inning when J.J. Putz contract ends at the end of this year.
- The wait is over. Trevor Bauer is reportedly on his way up to the majors to pitch Thursday night for the Diamondbacks.
Jose Altuve left Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury, but the Astros say it’s mild and are considering him day-to-day.