"The last days of Kevin Youkilis in a Boston Red Sox uniform may be approaching.
Trade dialogue surrounding the beleaguered Boston third baseman has intensified in the last 24 to 48 hours, major-league sources told FOXSports.com. The Red Sox have made clear that (a) Youkilis is available and (b) they are willing to include cash to facilitate a better player return. In response, a number of clubs have indicated that they have interest in acquiring the three-time All-Star.
"He's being shopped everywhere," said one high-ranking official with a National League club.
No deal is imminent, but Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington is getting a clearer idea of how other teams value Youkilis, who has been limited by a low back strain to only 39 games this season while posting the worst offensive numbers of his career (.215/.301/.341).
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