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Kouzmanoff sent to Rockies in deal

Posted on: August 23, 2011 4:57 pm
 
KouzmanoffBy Evan Brunell

Kevin Kouzmanoff has been traded to the Rockies along with cash for a player to be named later or cash considerations, MLB announced.

Playing for the Athletics earlier this year before being banished to the minors, Kouzmanoff hasn't been in the majors since early June, when he was demoted after hitting .221/.262/.353 in 149 plate appearances. The 30-year-old was a major disappointment in Oakland after coming over from San Diego following the 2009 season. For San Diego, the third baseman hit .263/.309/.436 playing half his games in Petco Park. That lent optimism that Kouzmanoff could at least replicate that in Oakland, or at least match what he put up with San Diego.

Instead, the cavernous park in Oakland proved harder for Kouzmanoff to handle, and in his one-plus years with the A's major-league squad, hit just  .242/.279/.411. Still, he has pop in his bat and could succeed in Colorado, but will report to Triple-A first before likely receiving a September callup. This deal appears to be about stacking depth for Colorado, who could deal third baseman Ian Stewart this winter. Stewart is a former top prospect that just hasn't put it together for the Rockies and appears on his way out, but the Rockies have no acceptable replacements. While they will certainly pursue better alternatives this offseason, having Kouzmanoff under team control through arbitration is an acceptable fallback.

Down on the farm for Oakland, Kouzmanoff is hitting .302/.341/.550 in 279 PA with 13 homers, so the potential for Kouzmanoff to re-emerge as a viable starter is possible. Meanwhile, he had no future in Oakland as he had played himself out of town there and would have been non-tendered after the season.

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Kouzmanoff sent to Rockies in deal

Huge upgrade to the disappointment of Stewart


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