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A's acquire Kouzmanoff from Padres for Hairston

Jan 15, 2010, 8:47 PM EDT

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Athletics have acquired third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff and prospect Eric Sogard from the Padres out outfielders Scott Hairston and Aaron Cunningham.
Kouzmanoff was long expected to be dealt, but this is a stunning destination for him given his horrible on-base percentages and seemingly overrated defense. Kouzmanoff made some headlines last year with his outstanding .990 fielding percentage — he committed just three errors in 139 games at third base — but his range is average at best. He’s also a career .261/.308/.435 hitter who hasn’t gotten any better with age. The 28-year-old has seen his OPS tumble from 786 in 2007 to 732 in 2008 and 722 last year. Petco Park certainly has something to do with the ugly line, but it’s not responsible for his 139/23 K/BB ratio in 2008 and 106/27 K/BB ratio in 2009.
The Padres seem to get the far better of this deal. Hairston and Cunningham can both function as solid regulars in the corner outfield spots, and now they get to move Chase Headley back to third base, where he’ll likely be more valuable. They’ll probably go with Hairston in one spot and let Cunningham battle Will Venable and maybe Kyle Blanks for the other.

  1. GimmeSomeSteel - Jan 15, 2010 at 11:37 PM

    Brainy Billy may not have had much leverage here, since he so obviously overstocked on OFs earlier in the off-season.
    However, he got the guy he wanted for the position where he needed help, and that’s the bottom line.

  2. Frank the Man - Jan 16, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    Padres would be SILLY to let Blanks on the bench considering the return of Headley at 3rd. The guy has the power to knock 30 HR anytime and he’s bigger thank Frank Thomas… My guess is that by the end of the year AGonzalez will be gone and Blanks will hit 4th.

  3. Tom - Jan 16, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    I think the more logical alignment is that Blanks starts in left and then Gwynn Jr/Hairston/Venable/Cunningham split CF and RF.

  4. Moses Green - Jan 17, 2010 at 7:57 AM

    I agree on Blanks, they have to stick him in LF and hope for the best. However, even though we keep hearing about Adrian Gonzalez getting traded, and it just doesn’t sound right. He was born in San Diego, grew up partially in Tijuana, and played for the Mexican national team in the WBC twice now. Furthermore, they have him signed at ridiculously low dollars. His local drawing power cannot be understated, and with a losing team they could lose half of their gate receipts if they trade him. It just doesn’t seem likely to me.

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