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It appears a Kevin Youkilis trade is imminent, as ESPN's Buster Olney reports that two officials involved in negotiations with the Red Sox say a deal could happen "at any time".
According to Olney, the choice for the Sox is down to the White Sox and an unnamed National League team. The Red Sox have reportedly spoken about Youkilis with the White Sox, Dodgers, Indians, Braves and Diamondbacks, among other teams, though Arizona is said to be out of the running.
They are also unsure of what the Red Sox would get in return. I speculate a return of a jar of pennies, a fruit basket nearing expiration, and a one year membership to a "Jelly of the Month" club. The gift that keeps on giving the whole year.
At this point, I don't care what the Red Sox get in return for Youk. The Sox need Middlebrooks in that lineup everyday and can't keep shuffling the infield around much longer. Gonzo is obviously off at the plate, and I am sure the extensive right field play had contributed something to it.
The Sox will have to pick up a huge chunk of Youk's salary in any deal, and again, get almost nothing in return. I am, and everyone else, should be absolutely fine with that. Whatever it takes to get his ass outta here.
On Page 2, Jon Lester is pretty damn frustrated with his pitching
Yeah, I would say he is frustrated. I would like some answers too. If he feels fine, his mechanics are fine, he is mentally prepared, what else could be contributing to poor outings? When everything feels fine, a good pitcher should be pitching well.
He wasn't that bad last night, he just didn't get any run support to make his outing look better. If this is going to be a habit, he should figure it out soon, so the team could compile longer winning streaks. Assuming the offense could put up some runs.
Related: Globe: Jon Lester 'at a loss' after latest setback
The rest of the links:
Globe: Red Sox' win streak ends | ESPN Boston: Takeaways from stormy and dark Fenway | Herald; Lester, Pedroia woes worthy of concern | Loving the drama: Big Papi need Sox | Streakin' no more: Jon Lester's frustrations grow, bat struggle