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Rangers sign Kevin Kouzmanoff, Brent Lillibridge

Dec 12, 2013, 2:34 PM EDT

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Remember Kevin Kouzmanoff? He hasn’t played in the majors since 2011, but the Rangers just announced that they’ve signed him to a minor-league contract.

Texas also did the same with utility infielders Josh Wilson and Brent Lillibridge, adding some bench options (or Triple-A depth).

Kouzmanoff put up some nice power numbers with the Padres early in his career–especially considering he was calling Petco Park home–but since 2009 he’s hit just .248 with a .692 OPS in 357 games as a big leaguer and he wasn’t even particularly good at Triple-A this year.

  1. donniev77 - Dec 12, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    Let’s not forget one of the best nicknames though…

    The Crushin’ Russian

  2. mikhelb - Dec 12, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Kouzmanoff had a great year in the Mexican winter league (Mexican Pacific League) with the Mexicali Eagles (they play a few miles south of Yuma), it is the same team where Yunnie Betancourt played last season and the same league that helped Marlon Byrd regain his swing and confidence last offseason:

    In 24 games (played just half a season):
    0.348 AVG / 0.402 OBP / 0.554 SLG / 3 HR / 11 RBI / 13 R / 6 BB / 21 Ks

    His production has more or less been covered by the addition of Russell Branyan:

    in 30 games:
    0.241 AVG / 0.370 OBP / 0.519 SLG / 8 HR / 26 RBI / 17 R / 23 BB / 30 Ks

    Both helping the Eagles to a good season in which they’re marching as 2nd place overall and a serious threat to current champion (and Caribbean Series champion) Obregón City’s Yaquis.

    In that league Zelous Wheeler, a recent acquisition by the Yankees, has been playing 3rd base with interesting results:

    0.279 AVG / 0.375 OBP / 0.459 SLG / 9 HR / 33 RBI / 32 R / 27 BB / 37 Ks

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