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Kevin Kouzmanoff outrighted by Rockies, picks free agency

Oct 6, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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Kevin Kouzmanoff‘s struggles offensively continued after being traded from Oakland to Colorado in mid-August, leading to the Rockies dropping the veteran third baseman from the 40-man roster and Kouzmanoff opting for free agency.

That was mostly just a timing issue anyway, because Kouzmanoff would have been in line for a $5 million salary via the arbitration process and there was never any chance of a team making that commitment to a guy who failed to crack a .700 OPS in back-to-back seasons.

Kouzmanoff’s stock has fallen to the point that he may have to settle for a bench job or perhaps even a minor-league contract. Any promise he showed by hitting .275 with 18 homers and a .786 OPS as a 25-year-old rookie with the Padres in 2007 has given way to four straight underwhelming seasons and Kouzmanoff is already 30 years old.

  1. Francisco (FC) - Oct 6, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Kevin Kouzmanoff‘s struggles offensively continued after being traded from Oakland to Colorado in mid-August

    I think you meant to write: Kevin Kouzmanoff‘s offensive struggles…

    What you typed up there makes it sounds like the fact that he continued to struggle was offensive and insulting in and of itself (which I’m sure Rockies fans would agree!).

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