While Boston has had interest in left-hander Joe Saunders for some time and that could be a reasonable trade, the financials might come into play. Youkilis has a $12 million salary this season and a $13 million team option for 2013. That option has a $1 million buyout.
Accoring to Gilbert, while the team has been willing to stretch their budget for a trade to stay competitive, "the price tag for Youkilis might be too steep."
Regardless of the report, these rumors will likely to continue to swirl.