Third basemen are a rare commodity on the free agent market. At least any with some upside to them. Kevin Youkilis is one of those guys with some upside, and it seems like teams are recognizing it, as Alex Speier reports that he has offers from “multiple teams.”
The Yankees are a team with a need at third, but Speier says that they’re not likely a serious player for Youk. Too bad, because it would be awesome seeing Yankees fans who have loathed Youkilis for years having to talk to themselves into actually sorta kinda maybe liking him.
Other possibilities include the Phillies. The Indians too, though he’d likely be used as a first baseman there. There’s also a very real possibility of him staying with the White Sox.
Pirates outfielder Starling Marte is back in the lineup after the team reinstated him from the 10-day disabled list on Saturday. Marte served the bare minimum on the DL after making a rapid recovery from the right oblique strain that sidelined him several weeks ago.
Prior to landing on the disabled list, the 29-year-old outfielder was off to a strong start. He slashed a robust .308/.366/.503 with six home runs, 10 stolen bases and an .869 OPS in 175 plate appearances with the team. This is the first time he’s dealt with an oblique issue, and the first DL stint he’s served since he suffered a bout of back tightness in 2016. While he has yet to prove he can bounce back to his pre-injury production levels, his quick recovery bodes well for a successful return to major-league play.
In a corresponding move, outfielder Jose Osuna was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis. The move came as somewhat of a surprise, given that the Pirates elected to retain top prospect outfielder Austin Meadows rather than the more established Osuna. Meadows was recalled from Triple-A in the wake of Marte’s injury and has only played seven games at the major league level so far, but he’s already made a strong impression: he went 13-for-29 with three home runs, two stolen bases and five RBI since his call-up on May 18.