Tag:Kevin Kouzmanoff
Posted on: January 15, 2010 7:53 pm

Padres trade Kouzmanoff to Oakland

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

Posted on: December 9, 2009 11:17 am

Twins express interest in DeRosa

INDIANAPOLIS -- Here's a new player on free agent third baseman Mark DeRosa: The Minnesota Twins.

Looking to fill a hole at either second or third base and hoping to fill it with a productive bat, the Twins spoke with Keith Grunewald, the agent for DeRosa, late Tuesday evening. The Twins are not yet believed to have made an offer yet for DeRosa, who also is a fit with St. Louis, Baltimore and San Francisco, among others.

The Cardinals would like DeRosa back, though their top priority right now is re-signing free agent outfielder Matt Holliday. If the Cardinals lose Holliday, it is believed that they will push hard to re-sign DeRosa -- if he's still on the market.

Minnesota's search, meanwhile, has taken them through San Diego's representatives here in Indianapolis, where the Twins discussed a potential trade for third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff. The Twins also are tracking Adrian Beltre.

Posted on: December 8, 2009 2:24 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2009 4:14 pm

Padres dangling Kouzmanoff

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.
The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com