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Mark Kotsay close to one-year contract with Padres

Nov 15, 2011, 2:29 PM EDT

Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Mark Kotsay is unable to reach an RBI double by St. Louis Cardinals' Jon Jay in the 1st inning of Game 3 of the MLB National League Championship Series baseball playoffs in St. Louis

Mark Kotsay had the best years of his career with the Padres from 2001-2003 and Ken Rosenthal of reports that the veteran outfielder is returning to San Diego on a one-year deal worth around $1.25 million.

At age 35 he’s no longer capable of playing center field regularly and Kotsay’s bat isn’t starting-caliber in a corner spot, but he’s still productive enough to be a decent bench option after hitting .270 with a .703 OPS in 255 plate appearances for the Brewers.

He made 27 starts in right field, 13 starts in left field, nine starts in center field, and one start at first base for Milwaukee, but hasn’t cracked a .750 OPS since 2004. Kotsay hit .283 with a .782 OPS during his first stint in San Diego, which began when he was 25.

  1. icanspeel - Nov 15, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    Woo, Padres jumping out with an early free agent signing. I wonder why since he isn’t any better than Chris Denorfia at this point in his career.

    • b7p19 - Nov 15, 2011 at 2:49 PM

      Exactly, Deno needs to be the 4th outfielder, not Kotsay.

  2. kopy - Nov 15, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    Not capable of playing CF… unless he’s in the NLCS. Then it’s totally cool.

    • jackkoho - Nov 15, 2011 at 4:33 PM

      I especially enjoyed the Brewers decision to play him in CF in the playoffs.

  3. cur68 - Nov 15, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Mr. Gleeman, sir, that’s a great shot of Kotsay face planting. Enhances his value as a rug no end. Not sure what it says about his fielding ability though…

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