There has been a lot of talk as of late regarding potential trades involving Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis. According to Boston general manager Ben Cherington, those rumors are nothing more than just rumors.
Cherington told WEEI on Thursday that the Red Sox are not close to dealing Youkilis.
"The reality is there's nothing going on," Cherington said, according to ESPN.com. "We've talked to teams about several things. Yeah, teams have called to check in on Youk. That was a while back, right before he went out on his rehab assignment [in mid-May].
"Right now we're just focused on getting Kevin going. He's an important part of the team and we know when he's clicking and feeling good, he makes our lineup tough to pitch to."
Youkiils continues to struggle since returning to the Red Sox lineup after a stint on the disabled list. Youkilis is 0-for-14 in his last five games, and he's hitting just .219 since being activated prior to a May 22 game in Baltimore.
"If I get traded, I get traded. Nothing you can do," Youkilis told the Boston Herald before Tuesday's game against the Marlins. "I wouldn't be the first or the last person here in this room to be traded … Am I happy here this year? I mean, did it start out well this year? It hasn't been fun. So what are you going to do? You've got a game, you've got your teammates, you've got to play. That's all you can do."
Youkiils has become expendable in the eyes of many fans with the emergence of Will Middlebrooks, who continues to contribute since being recalled from Pawtucket after Youkilis hit the DL.