The Oakland Athletics acquire Kevin Kouzmanoff from the Padres

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Friday 15 January 2010 at 8:26 pm

The Oakland A’s have acquired 28-year old righty swinging 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff and 23-year old lefty swinging 2B Eric Sogard from the Padres for 29-year old righty swinging outfielder Scott Hairston and 23-year old righty swinging outfielder Aaron Cunningham. Kouzmanoff will be the starting 3B for the A’s in 2010 pushing Jake Fox to first base where he will battle Daric Barton for the starting job in spring training. Kouzmanoff played in 141 games for the Padres last season and he was 135 for 529 (.255 avg, .722 OPS) with 50 runs scored, 18 homers and 88 RBIs. He has now played in 456 games in his major league career and he is 442 for 1,693 (.261 avg, .743 OPS) with 182 runs scored, 62 homers and 257 RBIs. Look for Kouzmanoff’s power numbers to take off in 2010 now that half of his games won’t be played in the cavern called Petco Park. Sogard was the Padres’ #17 ranked prospect heading into the 2009 season according to Baseball America. He played in 117 games in AA-ball last season and he was 134 for 457 (.293 avg, .771 OPS) with 79 runs scored, 6 homers, 51 RBIs and 10 stolen bases. He has played in 304 games in his minor league career and he is 352 for 1,204 (.292 avg, .792 OPS) with 203 runs scored, 20 homers, 171 RBIs and 32 stolen bases. Scott Hairston didn’t do much for the A’s after coming over in a trade with the Padres last season. He played in 60 games for the A’s last season and he was 55 for 233 (.236 avg, .653 OPS) with 24 runs scored, 7 homers, 35 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Aaron Cunningham was once one of the brighter prospects for the A’s but he looks overmatched at the major league level right now. Cunningham played in 23 games for the A’s last season and he was 8 for 53 (.151 avg, .456 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 1 homer and 6 RBIs. He finishes his times with the A’s playing in 45 games in which he was 28 for 133 (.211 avg, .609 OPS) with 13 runs scored, 2 homers, 20 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. I like this trade for both teams but a tad more for the A’s. They got a player they like in Kouzmanoff for a couple of extra outfielders.


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