The San Diego Padres announced Monday they hired former major leaguer Mark Kotsay as the team's hitting coach. It will be his first professional coaching role. He spent the 2014 season in the Padres' front office as a special assistant to the general manager.
"We’re excited to bring Mark on board to our major-league staff," manager Bud Black said. "Mark’s career as a player, teammate and team leader speaks for itself. His knowledge, work ethic, competiveness and personality will greatly impact our major-league club, as well as our entire organization."
Kotsay spent 17 seasons in the majors (1997-2013). He played for the Padres, Athletics, Marlins, Red Sox, White Sox, Braves and Brewers. He had a career .276 average, .332 on-base percentage, .404 slugging percentage and .737 OPS in 1,914 games.
San Diego Padres shortstop Ronny Cedeno , starting pitcher Jason Marquis and outfielder Mark Kotsay have filed for free agency. Marquis made the biggest contribution in 2013, going 9-5 with a 4.05 ERA and 1.52 WHIP, but he missed the final 2 1/2 months with a strained right elbow.
The San Diego Padres made a series of roster moves Monday as they reinstated pitchers Casey Kelly , Jason Marquis and catcher Yasmani Grandal from the 60-day disabled list. Marquis then declared for free agency.
Infielder Ronny Cedeno and outfielder Mark Kotsay also declared free agency. Kotsay said he was going to retire back in September after 17 seasons, including two stints in San Diego. Pitcher Tommy Layne , who had been designated for assignment last week, has been outrighted to Triple-A Reno.
Kelly and Grandal are both coming off major surgeries. Kelly, the team's No. 3 prospect, according to MLB.com, had reconstructive surgery on his right elbow in April. He won't be ready for the 2014 regular season. Grandal had surgery to repair his right anterior cruciate ligament Aug. 6. He said he expects to be ready for spring training.
San Diego Padres outfielder Mark Kotsay announced Saturday that he will retire at the end of the season, U-T San Diego reports.
"I know this is a good time physically and mentally for me to retire . . . these are my last games as a player," Kotsay told U-T San Diego Saturday.
Kotsay has played 17 seasons, debuting in the majors with the Marlins in 1997. Over his career, he's amassed 127 home runs, 720 RBI and 98 stolen bases while hitting .276/.332/.405 in 6,451 at-bats through Saturday.
San Diego Padres outfielder Mark Kotsay returned to the starting lineup Saturday against the Rays as a designated hitter.
Kotsay, who had been out since April 30 with a back injury, singled in the seventh inning for his only hit of the night. He finished 1 for 3 with a run scored in an 8-7 defeat.
Kotsay is hitting .310/.375/.345 in his first 29 at-bats.