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Kevin Youkilis Rumors: Scout Down on Red Sox Slugger

June 11, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis (20) during batting practice before a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
June 11, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis (20) during batting practice before a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

A scout from a team interested in Boston Red Sox corner infielder Kevin Youkilis told Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com that for what the veteran costs "he can’t do anything." So far this season, the Texas Rangers, Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks have been tied to Youkilis.

Overall, the scout Knobler spoke with sent his team a very negative report on Youkilis.

Youkilis has only hit at a clip of .219/.303/.352 with four home runs, five doubles and 13 RBIs this season. After getting off to a slow start, Youkilis hit the Red Sox disabled list in late April.

Upon returning from the DL, Youkilis showed signs of life. The 33-year-old went 10-32 with an OPS of .903 over his first nine games back with Boston.

Unfortunately for Youkilis and the Red Sox, the slugger has been able to sustain this success. Youkilis only mustered an OPS of .451 in June.

It was reported yesterday that the Red Sox appear to be in a holding pattern with Youkilis. While Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports believes a Youkilis trade is inevitable, he added that there doesn’t appear to be a resolution in sight.

Youkilis is earning $12 million this season and his contract includes a $13 million team option for 2013 with a $1 million buyout. Rosenthal was told by a rival executive that there’s no chance the Red Sox receive prospects in exchange for Youkilis unless they pay the majority of his remaining salary.