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Padres trade Kouzmanoff to Oakland

Posted on: January 15, 2010 7:53 pm

The Athletics will acquire third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff and a minor-league prospect from San Diego for outfielders Scott Hairston and Aaron Cunningham, has confirmed.

The deal, in place, is pending physical examinations and likely will not be formalized until early next week.

The Padres have been shopping Kouzmanoff for the better part of a year because he's eligible for salary arbitration and they need to clear third base for Chase Headley, who played left field last year but is better suited for third base.

The deal comes after Kouzmanoff set a National League record for third basemen in 2009 with a .990 fielding percentage.

Oakland acquires not only a solid glove man -- Kouzmanoff finished second to Washington's Ryan Zimmerman in Gold Glove voting -- but a third baseman who can put the ball out of the park. Kouzmanoff last year hit 18 homers and collected 88 RBI while hitting .255 with a .302 on-base percentage. He's hit 41 home runs over the past two seasons.

While looking to make room for Headley and clear Kouzmanoff's salary, the Padres had been looking for a right-handed hitter who can split time in center field with Tony Gwynn Jr.

In re-acquiring Hairston, who played in San Diego from 2007-2009 until former general manager Kevin Towers traded him to the Athletics last summer, the Padres obtained exactly what they were looking for.


Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2010 11:33 am

Padres trade Kouzmanoff to Oakland

I'm surprised more people aren't talking about Cunningham.  I understand he took a bit of a step back last year, but he's only 23, and may prove to be the best player in this trade.  He could be a 20/20 player in the not too distant future.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2010 3:50 am

Padres trade Kouzmanoff to Oakland

"These are two teams going nowhere" oh my aren't you a judgmental fool. No one expected Tampa Bay to play in the World Series in 2008. People also did not expect the Rangers to give the Angels a run for their money. Also nobody expected the US to have a minority running the country. Anything can happen. In case you did not know in the past 10 seasons of the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL there have been at least 10 teams that have gone from "worst to first". How do you like them apples?

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2010 10:53 am

Padres trade Kouzmanoff to Oakland

Meant props. lol

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2010 10:51 am

Padres trade Kouzmanoff to Oakland

Very true, being from the East Coast, I very rarely get to see the teams from the West unless they play on ESPN or they are playing the Yankees, Red Sox, Mets or Phillies. Kouz is a very good defensive 3B, always has been.  He should get more prpops then he does for his defense.   

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2010 10:26 am

Padres trade Kouzmanoff to Oakland

And a very valid point, except for the fact that if you watched Kous last year, you saw he was pretty much a vacuum.  He made the spectacular and the sublime plays regularly as well.  But playing 1) for the Pads and 2) on the westcoast hurt him greatly.  You put his defensive 2009 season in a Mets/Phillies/Red Sox uni and not only is he a runaway for the Gold Glove, he is talked about like Brooks Robinson.

Since: Jun 9, 2009
Posted on: January 16, 2010 1:41 am

Padres trade Kouzmanoff to Oakland

We've been in contention more than most teams since 2000. If rings are the only measure of success, most teams have failed. 

Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2010 1:23 am

Padres trade Kouzmanoff to Oakland

Maybe because he was not as "popular" as zimmerman and possibly that zimmerman had better lobbyists in MLB than Kouzmanoff.
Those Gold Glove awards are 75% bogus they sell you on the star players whether they are the best at fielding or not they will skew it so they have star players winning over unknown players or players that are not popular with fans.  Example JT Snow should have won gold glove every year he played on SF yet I think they were a few years where todd helton beat him!
either way what a pickup for the A's Kouz will do them good

Since: Dec 19, 2009
Posted on: January 16, 2010 12:39 am

Padres trade Kouzmanoff to Oakland

Enter Oakland 2B Mark Ellis to that question too. 2008 MLB best fielding percentage for 2B but lost to Polanco.

Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2010 12:16 am

Padres trade Kouzmanoff to Oakland

This is a very smart move by Billy Beane and the Padres got junks players from the A's.

Since: Jan 12, 2009
Posted on: January 15, 2010 11:55 pm

Padres trade Kouzmanoff to Oakland

Let's put this trade in proper perspective: These are two teams going nowhere, trading pieces that won't mean much to each team. OK. Oakland gets the better part of the deal because Kouzmanoff is a good glove and has a little power. Pointing out his .302 OBP is perfect, because that's who this guy is. He doesn't get on base enough, and he strikes out too often. The A's lineup won't do much to give him protection, or provide for many RBI opportunities. Hairston will give the Padres a little bit of power, so-so defense. Big deal. Put this trade in place for any team that is a contender and it barely causes a ripple.

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