Kevin Youkilis is a good fit for the White Sox.....

Kevin Youkilis is a good fit for the White Sox.....

I know there are some out there who still aren't sold on this deal the White Sox made on Sunday. But I was sold from the time that the rumors started to circulate. Yes Kevin Youkilis has had a rough year, there's no hiding that. But sometimes I change of scenery can help any big leaguer improve his game. Kevin Youkilis began his career back in 2001 in the Red Sox minor league system.

He finally got his chance to be on the major league roster in 2004 where he switched back and forth between the Bo' Sox and the minors for the next couple of years. In 2006 Youkilis finally got his chance to be a full-time major league player. Initially and outfielder and first baseman, injuries to then Red Sox 3B Mike Lowell would give Youkilis his chance to truly shine.

He would be a major part of the Red Sox world title in 2007, and a Boston fixture for years to come. But as the 2012 season came along, Youkilis got hit with an injury bug. And because of this the Red Sox called up AAA prospect Will Middlebrooks to take his place. Once Youkilis got healthy, there wasn't really any place for him in the lineup anymore.

Middlebrooks came into his own, Adrian Gonzalez was playing first base and of course there's no way they were gonna bench David Oritz as the DH. When the Red Sox came to Wrigley to play the Cubs earlier this month, Adrian Gonzalez was moved to right field just so the Sox could put Youkilis in the lineup. So Youkilis was pretty much the odd man out so Boston needed to move him.

In the middle of last week the rumors started to buzz that Youkilis would literally switch the colors of his "Sox" from red to white. As we made our way into the weekend the rumors only intensified. Then during Sunday's game against Milwaukee, it was announced that a deal had been made. Third base has been an achillies heal for the White Sox in 2012.

Brent Morel started the season at third, but a serious back injury has kept him out of action. Brent Lillibridge, Orlando Hudson, and Eduardo Escobar have all tried to fill the position but with little results. Lillibridge is only batting .178, Hudson while decent at the plate hasn't been too good on the defensive side. He's normally a second baseman.

And Eduardo Escobar is still learning the major league game. So it was a no-brainer to me that the White Sox should pull the trigger and make this move. Here is what a healthy Kevin Youkilis brings to the table: He can play the hot corners {first base, third base}, you can bat him anywhere in the lineup, and he can he can fill in for Konerko and Dunn if needed.

Right now he's only batting .234 but if he can stay healthy and play every day then that number will certainly rise. He already has two hits in a White Sox uniform. Plus if the White Sox hang onto their lead in the AL Central division and make the playoffs, Youkilis will be a key player for the White Sox success. Once Kevin Youkilis gets back into the swing of things, hopefully that kid from the viral youtube video will stop crying:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9SYJ3Hvnq8

But in all seriousness, this was a good move by Sox GM Kenny Williams. And trust me I don't say that often about Kenny Williams. I expect the White Sox to continue their solid play from here on out barring any unforseen circumstances. Now all the Sox need to do is reduce ticket prices and get more fans in the seats.

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