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Boston Red Sox Not Expected To Deal Third Baseman Kevin Youkilis

Kevin Youkilis isn't going anywhere. Or at least, he isn't expected to be. Sources within the Boston Red Sox organization have said that they do not expect the team's starting third baseman to be traded in the offseason, despite rumors.

While the Red Sox will explore the trade market to address offseason needs -- including the need to fill two spots in the rotation -- Youkilis is not expected to be dealt for a number of reasons. While 2011 was a down year for him, he nevertheless remained one of the most productive offensive third basemen in the game. There are few, if any, third basemen available either internally or externally who could match the three-time All-Star's lineup impact. (via WEEI)

Youkilis, a career .289 hitter with 129 home runs and 550 RBI in eight seasons with Boston, is coming off of a bad season, as noted by WEEI, and finished the season with a lackluster .258 batting average, 17 home runs and 80 RBI in 120 games.

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