Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington denied a report on Friday that the team is trying to trade Kevin Youkilis.
"That's inaccurate," Cherington e-mailed WEEI.com Friday afternoon. "Some teams have checked in on him. We haven't told any teams we plan to trade him. It's our job to listen if teams have interest. He's swinging the bat well since coming off the DL and [is] a big part of our team and lineup."
CBS Sports baseball reporter Danny Knobler had tweeted Friday morning that the Red Sox are "telling teams they definitely intend to trade Youkilis."
The 33-year old Youkilis is batting .250 with four home runs and 12 RBI through 27 games of an injury-riddled 2012 campaign. He has boosted his production since coming off the disabled list, hitting .313 with two home runs over his last nine games.