According to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, the Padres "have shown a willingness to move" third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff. Wittenmyer adds that "the Cubs acknowledge a potential fit, although they say they think [Mike] Fontenot, in particular, can adequately fill the interim need at third [while Aramis Ramirez is injured]." The article has the flavor of a trade rumor, but Wittenmyer does not say the Cubs actually inquired on Kouzmanoff.
Kouzmanoff, 28 in July, is hitting an ugly .236/.285/.366 in 172 plate appearances on the season, even worse than his subpar 2008. To his credit, he did hit .292/.329/.473 on the road last year. The Fielding Bible II noted that Kouzmanoff "showed some improvement" on defense last year. He will be arbitration-eligible for the first time after this season, and you have to wonder if the Padres will move him before that jump in salary. Would the Cardinals make sense?