According to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports, the Boston Red Sox are telling other teams around the league that they will look to trade Kevin Youkilis.
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.