Padres Trade Barfield To Indians For Kouzmanoff

Very interesting trade just went down: the Padres sent second baseman Josh Barfield to the Indians for third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff and reliever Andrew Brown.

Side effects: the Padres now have an opening at second if they want to trade for Marcus Giles, and they probably won't make a bid for Akinori Iwamura.  Kevin Towers found a creative way to acquire a third baseman without spending money.  Kouzmanoff, 25, did nothing but hit in the high minors this season.  Baseball Prospectus's Kevin Goldstein ranked him the tenth best third base prospect in the game despite his age and health concerns.

Barfield had an OK rookie season, with a scorching July skewing the numbers a bit.  He'll be just 24 next year, so there's room for improvement.

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