How did Kevin Youkilis get to the White Sox?

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How did Kevin Youkilis get to the White Sox?

On Sunday, the White Sox dealt Brent Lillibridge and Zach Stewart to Boston for Kevin Youkilis, ending Youkilis' nine-year run with the Red Sox. While Youkilis spent his entire career with one organization, Lillibridge and Stewart are going to their fourth franchise.

Here's how the White Sox acquired the pieces necessary to obtain Youkilis:

Brent Lillibridge:

To Chicago: Acquired from Atlanta along with Tyler Flowers, Jon Gilmore and Santos Rodriguez for Javier Vazquez and Boone Logan (Dec. 4, 2008)

To Atlanta: Acquired from Pittsburgh along with Mike Gonzalez for Jamie Romak and Adam LaRoche (Jan. 19, 2007)

To Pittsburgh: Drafted in the fourth round of the 2005 MLB Draft

Zach Stewart:

To Chicago: Acquired from Toronto along with Jason Frasor for Edwin Jackson and Mark Teahen (July 27, 2011)

To Toronto: Acquired from Cincinnati along with Edwin Encarnacion and Josh Roenicke for Scott Rolen (July 31, 2009)

To Cincinnati: Drafted in the third round of the 2008 MLB Draft

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