The White Sox do not intend to pick up Kevin Youkilis' $13 million contract option next season. (Layne Murdoch/Getty Images)
The Chicago White Sox likely will decline the $13 million option for next season on Kevin Youkilis, The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo reported Sunday. From Cafardo's report (it's buried near the end):
They like Youkilis but probably not enough to pick up a $13 million option on his contract. At least that’s the thinking now, according to one White Sox official. Youkilis entered Saturday hitting .246 with six homers and 22 RBIs since being acquired. Since the White Sox didn’t give up much and aren’t assuming much of his 2012 salary, they’re content with the rental.
The White Sox traded for Youkilis in late June from the Red Sox, in exchange for 25-year-old righty reliever Zach Stewart and 28-year-old utilityman Brent Lillibridge.
Youkilis has been hitting much better since the trade after an anemic start to the season with the Red Sox. He has an .864 OPS with the White Sox, compared with a .692 OPS with the Red Sox, this season. With the White Sox, has also already doubled his home run total from the Red Sox despite playing in nine fewer games.