Youkilis gives Sox a credible third baseman; Rizzo gives Cubs a jolt
Major moves made by Chicago's MLB teams were reported within 24 hours of each other ... and both made perfect sense. When's the last time that happened?
Of course, there wasn't a whole lot of deep thought needed with the Cubs' move. Top prospect Anthony Rizzo has nothing left to prove at Triple-A (you could argue Rizzo had nothing left to prove there on April 2). They're past the point where calling him up could move up his arbitration eligibility and free agency a year. This is when Cubs brass had probably planned to call him up all along.
What the White Sox did was more surprising, though they'd been linked to Kevin Youkilis for weeks. Still, trading for that big a name on June 24 — and beating out a list of several teams reportedly interested — is a gutsy, outside-the-box move. In other words, it's business as usual for Kenny Williams.
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