Cherington Denies Report That Sox ‘Definitely Intend’ To Trade Youkilis

June 1, 2012 12:00 AM
Cherington Denies Report That Sox ‘Definitely Intend’ To Trade Youkilis
BOSTON (CBS) — While the idea of trading Kevin Youkilis in order to create a more feasible lineup that includes Will Middlebrooks and Adrian Gonzalez might make perfect sense, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said that a report claiming the Sox “definitely intend” to trade Youkilis is “inaccurate.”

" WBZ-TV’s Dan Roche reported that Cherington confirmed that some teams have “checked in” regarding Youkilis’ availability, but they do not have definite intentions of moving the veteran corner infielder.

Earlier on Friday, CBSSports ’s senior baseball writer Danny Knobler reported via Twitter that the Red Sox “are telling teams they definitely intend to trade Youkilis.” CBSSports’ Jon Heyman later added that the Dodgers have ramped up their scouting of Youkilis.

Youkilis, 33, has become somewhat expendable, given the rapid ascent of 23-year-old Will Middlebrooks as a big league player "

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