Red Sox are telling teams they definitely intend to trade Youkilis.— DKnobler (@DKnobler) June 1, 2012
The 33-year-old corner infielder is on the downside of his career, and has been unable to replicate his monster 2008 and 2009 seasons since. Youk hit a career-low .258 in 2011 and is hitting an even-lower .250 in the early part of 2012.
Signs that Youkilis is declining include: a swinging strike percentage of eight – the highest of his career – and an extremely high groundball-to-flyball ratio. He's hitting ground balls at a 53 percent clip – much higher than his career percentage of 36. For an older, slower player like Youk, it's more beneficial to hit fly balls than ground balls.