As reporters gathered around his locker Saturday afternoon to ask carefully worded questions about his status with the Red Sox, Kevin Youkilis couldn't help but smile.

"I'm still here,'' he said. "I'm not dead.''

The Red Sox are on the verge of trading Youkilis, multiple baseball sources said. He did not play in an 8-4 victory against the Braves, the third consecutive game Youkilis has missed.

The White Sox, Dodgers, and Indians are the teams most interested in Youkilis. The Red Sox would prefer to send Youkilis to the National League, but are prepared to move him to any team at this point.

The Indians were prepared to make a deal before the White Sox entered the picture, sources said. The Pirates are peripherally involved.