Originally Posted by doublem23
Fielding percentage is a roundly awful way to look at a player's defensive capabilities. In terms of Youk, all you need is the eye test; he was fine when he first got to Chicago, but as the season dragged on and his knees wore down, he got worse and worse. I can't remember how many times in the last 2 months of the season someone would hit a ball sharply in the area of 3B and Youkilis just kind of helplessly stood there, unable to make any kind move to the ball. Doesn't get charged with an error (and pad that fielding percentage) but a better defensive 3B may have made some play on some of those balls.
Youkilis is only valuable as long as he's healthy and I'm not sure he's going to be able to play the amount of innings and games to justify the kind of contract offer he might get.
This is right. When Youkilis first came to the Sox, off a bit of rest, He said at the time that he had not felt that good in a long time. And he played great that first month. As the season wore on, though, he wore down. By September he was ineffective at the plate and at bat.
I can't see any reason to bring him back for another year when he is a year older. He's not going to be any better than he was in August or September of this year. It's time to move on a try to fill that position with someone else.