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Kevin Kouzmanoff and his $4.75 million salary cleared waivers on the way to Triple-A

Jun 10, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

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Earlier this week the A’s optioned Kevin Kouzmanoff to Triple-A, demoting the struggling third baseman while calling up the recently acquired Scott Sizemore to replace him.

As if that wasn’t depressing enough for a 29-year-old veteran of six seasons and 645 games, today the A’s dropped Kouzmanoff from the 40-man roster altogether and successfully passed him through waivers unclaimed.

That means he’ll stay at Triple-A and would need to be re-added to the 40-man roster before rejoining the A’s. It also means none of the other 29 teams felt he was worth claiming, which isn’t shocking given that Kouzmanoff has a $4.75 million salary of which a claiming team would have to assume about $3 million.

That’s far too expensive for a guy who’s hit just .242 with a .666 OPS in 189 games since leaving the Padres’ pitcher-friendly ballpark, although if Kouzmanoff plays well at Triple-A and the A’s are willing to eat most of that money they might be able to swap him for a low-level prospect at some point next month.

  1. dwishinsky - Jun 10, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    I can’t imagine anyone is shocked that Kouz cleared waivers, but I am surprised the A’s haven’t just released him at this point and cut their losses. I’d be surprised if we get a bad prospect for him, guess it is worth a shot.

  2. hcf95688 - Jun 10, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    Hell, someone has to play 3B at Sacramento. It may as well be him, at least until Grant Green a) switches positions and b) get moved up to AAA.

  3. spudchukar - Jun 10, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    What, no love for the Crushin’ Russian?

    • micker716 - Jun 10, 2011 at 4:42 PM

      I thought it was the Mashin’ Macedonian.

  4. stoankold - Jun 10, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    The answer is 645 games played.

    The question is: How far does hitting a grand slam on the first pitch you see in the majors take you before the league decides you can’t hit?

    I had high hopes for him when the Padres picked him up but it became pretty clear that despite having the strength to produce power, he simply couldn’t translate that into real world production.

    Hopefully he figures something out in the minors and gets another shot.

  5. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 10, 2011 at 4:44 PM

    At some point is Billy Beane going to be held accountable for some of the stupid decisions he’s made in free agency?

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