Kevin Youkilis Rumors: Trade Talks Heating Up

ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 21: Kevin Youkilis #20 of the Boston Red Sox lifts his leg after fouling the ball off his foot against pitcher Tyler Chatwood #52 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the first inning of the baseball game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 21, 2011 in Anaheim, California. Youkilis left the game after fouling the ball off his left foot shin.(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

The trade discussions for Boston Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis has "intensified" in the last 24 to 48 hours, report Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.

The Red Sox have made it known that the 33-year-old that the team is willing to include cash in the deal to damper the impact of the almost $7 million remaining on the three-time All-Star's salary this season, which has sent several clubs calling.

One high-ranking National League official told Rosenthal and Morosi that Youkilis is "being shopped everywhere", but no trade appears to be imminent. The Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates are among the teams interested in the slugger.

Viewed as a player "in decline" by many scouts, Youkilis has put up a career-worst .215/.301/.341 line this season in 39 games while struggling through a lower back strain.

In addition to the remaining $7 million owed to Youkilis this season, the Greek God of Walks also has a $13 million option for the 2013 season that includes a $1 million buyout.

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