June has arrived and MLB rumors from across the nation are starting to unfold. The rumors start with the Pittsburgh Pirates, who are in need of some bats and they are planning on pursuing corner infield bats. The Pirates have big targets on their list to grab. Names that pop out are the Boston Red Sox‘s Kevin Youkilis, San Diego Padres‘ Chase Headley and Chicago Cubs‘ Bryan LaHair. All players who seem to be out of the Pirates’ league when it comes to targets.
Youkilis, Headley and LaHair are just some that the Pirates have in mind and some are more realistic than others. The Pirates do have some pitching depth that they could trade away to grab a corner infielder like the three aforementioned players. The team may have a better chance at grabbing Headley rather than Youkilis or LaHair.
The Padres third baseman is one of the more likely targets to get traded this summer, especially with top prospect Jedd Gyorko moving through the ranks in the Padres system even though Gyorko could be moved to second base. Headley is batting .260/.370/.438 with seven homers and 29 RBI. He has one-year left on his contract and is likely to be moved.
Youkilis is under performing for Boston this season batting only .239 and only has 13 RBI. A change of scenery for the injury-prone Youkilis could do the trick but in his ninth season with Boston, the Greek god of walks may never leave.
Bryan LaHair is having a breakout season in the Windy City and it seems unlikely for him to move. He is batting .310 with 12 homers and 25 RBI in 52 games. He has been a bright spot for the 19-40 Cubs. Do not expect LaHair to leave right now.