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Rangers Were Interested In Kevin Youkilis, But Backed Out

The Boston Red Sox are looking to trade third baseman Kevin Youkilis at any day now, and at one point during this process the Texas Rangers were reportedly interesting in acquiring Youkilis.

The Red Sox are looking to trade Youkilis because they feel they have a proper replacement in Will Middlebrooks who is more than ready with 31 RBI in 38 games.

The Rangers were interested because they will be without first baseman Mitch Moreland for 6-8 weeks with a strained hamstring.

However, the Rangers are no longer in the hunt according to league sources, because the Rangers were concerned that Youkilis wouldn't have been happy being a role player or possibly coming off the bench for the Rangers.

Teams that are in the Youkilis sweepstakes are the Pittsburgh Pirates who are believed to be the favorites, the Chicago White Sox and possibly the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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