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Old 11-01-2012, 09:23 AM
KyWhiSoxFan KyWhiSoxFan is offline
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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.
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Old 11-06-2012, 12:45 AM
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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.
The only way Youk would work out here is if there is a legitimate backup 3B added so that he can get a few outright days off and a few days at DH. The lack of a decent bench is one of the things that caused the September from hell, and Youk was one of the most noticeable guys to go AWOL. I'm willing to chalk it up to a lack of off days and give him a full season here to show what he can do, but his workload needs to be lightened a little bit.

I think that 115-120 games from Youk at 3B, 20 games split between 1B and DH, and 20-25 games off represents the best course of action for filling this position. Every other feasible 3B option that I can think of would definitely be worse. Factoring in OBP sinkholes in Beckham, Alexei, and Viciedo, I think that going back to Morel in 2013 would torpedo any postseason aspirations.
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