BOSTON - APRIL 04: Kevin Youkilis #20 of the Boston Red Sox heads back to third instead of stealing home against the New York Yankees on April 4, 2010 during Opening Night at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
UPDATE: Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that talks are now moving very fast and the Pirates are "VERY much" in the mix, hinting that Kevin Correia could be part of a deal. Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times tweets that the Dodgers are still in discussion as well but more on the "fringe" of the conversation.
The Boston Red Sox are set to trade first/third baseman Kevin Youkilis "sooner rather than later", a source has told Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald. Pete Abraham confirms Lauber's information, tweeting that a deal could come "any time now".
#RedSox officials talked last night about roster moves in wake of impending Youkilis trade. Deal could come any time now.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) June 23, 2012
However, the Red Sox are likely to prefer a trade to a National League team to remove the possibility of facing Youkilis in the playoffs, which could make the Los Angeles Dodgers or Pittsburgh Pirates his most likely destinations.
Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review tweets that the Pirates are not likely to give up a top prospect like Jameson Taillon or Gerrit Cole but may be willing to part with a second-tier player if a large sum of cash is included in the deal.