Red Sox Acquire Kotsay

12:01pm: According to ESPN’s Keith Law, the Braves will receive minor league outfielder Luis Sumoza.

10:23am: Rosenthal says it’s done, though the prospect remains unknown.  He is now saying Kotsay did waive no-trade rights, and received $325K to do so.

9:14am: Rosenthal says it’s close, but the teams have not yet agreed on the mid-level prospect.  He says Kotsay does not have no-trade protection this year.

WEDNESDAY, 8:41am: The latest – The Boston Globe’s Amalie Benjamin wrote late last night that a deal had not been agreed upon.  Meanwhile, John Tomase of the Boston Herald notes Kotsay’s strong relationship with Red Sox owner John Henry.  Yahoo’s Gordon Edes says the deal is done pending a physical, and the Braves will receive a minor league pitcher.

TUESDAY, 10:38pm: ESPN’s Peter Gammons and Buster Olney are reporting that the Red Sox are on the verge of acquiring Kotsay.  The two sides are discussing Kotsay’s no-trade clause.  He was held out of tonight’s lineup due to the impending trade.

11:00am: On Sunday, Ken Rosenthal reported the Red Sox were interested in Braves outfielder Mark Kotsay, with the Brewers on the fringes.  Rosenthal now says the Brewers’ interest has diminished, since Ryan Braun seems fine.  Instead, the Phillies are now in the mix for Kotsay given the Geoff Jenkins injury.

Kotsay cleared waivers because of the $1.5MM still owed to him this year.  The Braves weren’t planning on offering him arbitration this winter, as they don’t want to be stuck paying him $8MM in ’09.  He doesn’t project as a Type B anyway.  Rosenthal says a mid-level prospect would get a deal done with the Braves, though the teams covered in Kotsay’s limited no-trade clause are unknown.



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