August 27, 2008

Kotsay Deal Complete

The Red Sox have acquired 32-year-old center fielder Mark Kotsay (stats) for Lowell (A) outfielder Luis Sumoza.

Kotsay should join his new team in New York tonight. AB says perhaps 6 PM, though he is not in the starting lineup. He will wear #11.

After a couple of gruesome seasons in Oakland, Kotsay rebounded this year in Atlanta (.289/.340/.418, 101 OPS+). He has hit RHP especially well (.305/.361/.457) and certainly more productively than either Coco Crisp (.253/.331/.364) or Jacoby Ellsbury (.262/.322/.366).

Kotsay doesn't hit for much power and doesn't walk a whole lot, but he does not strike out much either. He is still a decent outfielder with a solid arm. His best BR comp is Randy Winn. We could do far worse for a 4th or 5th outfielder.

And he's hit .386/.421/.477 in 20 games/95 PA at Fenway.

6 comments:

s1c said...

He is still a decent outfielder with a solid arm. His best BR comp is Randy Winn. We could do far worse for a 4th or 5th outfielder.

And you got your scouting degree where?

A nice move by Theo, shades of Ronald McDonald last year.

L-girl said...

And you got your scouting degree where?

ROFL

It lives!

Joe Grav said...

I like it. It's about the best deal we could make at this point of the season.

L-girl said...

Hi Joe, how was Niagara Falls?

s1c said...

Niagra Falls! Slowly I turned...

L-girl said...

...step by step...