Padres Willing To Trade Kouzmanoff?

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?


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