UPDATE 3:47 PM: Bill Brink of the Post Gazette reports that the deal is unlikely. Rob Biertempfel of the Trib also reports that the Pirates are likely out on Youkilis at this point.

3:02 PM: There have been a lot of trade rumors in the last day about Boston Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis possibly being on the move. A deal could come as soon as today, according to Buster Olney. The Pirates have been linked to Youkilis in the past, and Ken Rosenthal reports that they are still in the mix.

Earlier this week, Kevin Creagh did a trade value profile on Youkilis. Even with optimistic expectations for his production over the remainder of the season, the Red Sox would have to pick up a lot of salary to get anything in return. Under an optimistic expectation of a 1.2 WAR from now until the e...

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