Kevin Youkilis played 953 games in a Red Sox uniform from 2004 to 2012, where he helped the Red Sox win two World Series titles, became a three-time All-Star, won a Gold Glove, and became one of the most beloved players on the Red Sox.
During manager Bobby Valentine’s only season with the Sox, he and Youkilis did not see eye-to-eye and Valentine publicly questioned Youkilis’s abilities. When rookie third baseman Will Middlebrooks played well after being called up, the Red Sox traded Youkilis in the middle of the season to the Chicago White Sox, and even paid part of his remaining salary to seal the deal.
Youkilis signed with the New York Yankees following the 2012 season. He played 28 games for the Yankees in 2013, hitting .219 with two home runs and eight RBIs until back surgery landed him on the 60-day DL, possibly ending his season.