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Rockies acquire Kevin Kouzmanoff from A’s for player to be named later

Aug 23, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

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Kevin Kouzmanoff has been stuck in the minors since the A’s demoted the struggling third baseman to Triple-A in mid-June and today they traded him (and some cash) to the Rockies for a player to be named later.

Kouzmanoff and his $4.75 million salary went unclaimed on waivers back in June, allowing the A’s to outright him off the 40-man roster, so it’s safe to say that the player to be named later won’t be anything special.

In fact, according to Jane Lee of the deal won’t even get him back to the majors right away, as Colorado plans to assign him to their Triple-A team.

Kouzmanoff is under team control for next season, but there’s little chance of the Rockies actually offering him arbitration because that would essentially lock them into a one-year deal worth at least $4.5 million. Presumably they’ll call him up once rosters expand on September 1 and then possibly try to negotiate a lower salary for next season, with Kouzmanoff serving as merely a fallback option at third base heading into the offseason.

  1. bigleagues - Aug 23, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    The desperation continuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuues . . . .

  2. mjay424 - Aug 23, 2011 at 7:03 PM

    A signature move by Dan O’Dowd and the Rockies. Find a player with some history of success who has recently fallen on hard times and see if he can necessitate his career with Colorado.

    The Jimenez for prospects deal was unique. This move for Kouzmanoff is more in line with the way O’Dowd tries to improve the club. Sometimes it pays dividends, sometimes it’s fruitless.

    • aaronmoreno - Aug 23, 2011 at 8:50 PM

      It’s a good racket if you don’t pay too much for damaged goods.

  3. bigleagues - Aug 23, 2011 at 8:47 PM

    If I were the Rockies, and maybe it’s just me, an you had a trade chip like Ubaldo . . . wouldn’t you make sure that at least got a solid 3B prospect (a position which is currently weak on the whole)? And I liked the trade they did, simply because the talent has tremendous potential.

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