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Padres dangling Kouzmanoff

Posted on: December 8, 2009 2:24 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2009 4:14 pm
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Padres, budget-conscious and dangling third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff as a way to control costs, have talked to the San Francisco Giants and Minnesota Twins -- among others -- about a deal.

The Giants are considering several options as they look to add a bat to a light-hitting lineup that had trouble scoring last year. Kouzmanoff, due for a big arbitration raise this winter from his $432,000 salary in 2009, is one of them. A steady defensive player who finished second in the Gold Glove voting in '09, Kouzmanoff would give the Giants a 20-home run bat and improve their defense. In a Kouzamanoff scenario, the Giants could move Pablo Sandoval over to first base.

The Padres also Tuesday approached the Twins about Kouzmanoff. Those two clubs have had discussions about Kouzmanoff in the past, but the Twins have not been overly interested.

As of Tuesday afternoon, neither discussion had advanced very far, according to sources with knowledge of the talks. Within the Giants-Padres discussions, San Francisco was talking of a deal that would include outfielder Fred Lewis and infielder Kevin Frandsen. "That isn't going to get it done," one source with knowledge of the Padres' thinking said.

One of the options presented in the Twins-Padres discussion was Minnesota sending starting pitcher Glen Perkins to the Padres for Kouzmanoff, but the Padres didn't think that was enough, either. Perkins last year went 6-7 with a 5.89 ERA in 18 appearances (17 starts) for the Twins.

The Padres' issue is that Kouzmanoff, starter Kevin Correia are all arbitration-eligible, and the likelihood is that all three will not fit within the projected $40 million (or so) payroll. Kouzmanoff is likely to earn $3 to $4 million through arbitration in 2010. The Padres also are exploring Bell's value on the trade market and could reach a point where they would non-tender Correia, who led the team with 12 wins in 2009.

Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2009 10:25 pm

Padres dangling Kouzmanoff

I would hate to see the Padres accept either of these deals. The SF deal would have to involve one of the Giants pitching prospects, which isn't likely. We'll learn alot about Hoyer based on what he does here. Maybe this is a trade we're better off not making. I can see moving Heath Bell. Maybe Adams would be the better closer given the opportunity. 

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2009 5:01 pm

Padres dangling Kouzmanoff

Interesting that the Padres have a payroll lower than Florida or Tampa Bay. If the Padres want to compete they can't be cheap. Trading with the Giants makes sense. I like the players they would get in return. But apparently CBS's source knows something that I don't. If the Padres are not willing to spend much on the acquired players then why go after premium talent...even premium talent costs money. If the Padres want to get rid of Kouzmanoff's salary then do it, but don't do it in the guise of getting more players at a cheaper cost. Because the Giants players talked about in a possibloe trade are very good and they do not cost much money. The cheapskate Padres can't go after premium talent and not pay much in salary or give up much in talent. This makes me Becky Moores running the Padres because it seems that the Padres are just as "messed up" as the Dodgers were when another woman (Jamie McCourt) was in charge. I think women can be a great GM of a MLB team. Just don't give them the job just because they are married to the owner. The wives of baseball owners know how to do one thing a rich man. They don't know how to run a team and people around them should not pretend that they do.

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