Athletics Acquire Kevin Kouzmanoff

The A's acquired Kevin Kouzmanoff and Eric Sogard from the Padres for Scott Hairston and Aaron Cunningham. Oakland GM Billy Beane dealt from outfield depth to add certainty at third base, while San Diego GM Jed Hoyer strengthened his outfield with a former Padre.

Kouzmanoff, 28, hit .255/.302/.420 in 573 plate appearances for the Padres last year. He's arbitration-eligible for the first time. His glovework grades out as slightly above average, according to UZR/150.

Baseball America ranked Sogard as San Diego's 17th best prospect coming into the 2009 season, before he hit .293/.370/.400 with more walks (58) than strikeouts (47) in Double-A.

Former Padres GM Kevin Towers dealt Hairston to the A's in July.  Now the 30-year-old heads back to San Diego. He hit well with the Padres last year but struggled with the A's. He's arbitration-eligible for the second time.

Cunningham, 24 in April, spent most of '09 at Triple A where he hit .302/.372/.479.  ESPN's Jerry Crasnick mentions in a tweet that Cunningham recently underwent surgery for a sports hernia. This is Cunningham's third time being dealt. 

MLBTR first reported the trade, with Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle naming the players involved and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports pointing to the deal's completion.

Our apologies for initially naming Gio Gonzalez as part of this deal.


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155 Comments on "Athletics Acquire Kevin Kouzmanoff"


bucs_lose_again
5 years 7 months ago

Well, at least the Bucs don’t have to worry about losing LaRoche to the A’s anymore.

$1534453
5 years 7 months ago

I doubt that was ever close to happening. The Bucs reportedly told them Ryan Sweeney and Gio Gonzalez would be the price for him, which, of course, is laughable.

LaRoche is an intriguing young player. But Sweeney appears to have a much higher ceiling. And Gio’s potential is enormous.

bucs_lose_again
5 years 7 months ago

I’ve said it before, I don’t necessarily think that Sweeney and Gonzalez would’ve been a bad return for LaRoche plus another prospect, but the Bucs need infield help more than another outfielder. If Huntington was serious about dealing LaRoche to the A’s, I can’t understand why he wouldn’t have asked about one of the many 2nd base prospects that the A’s possess.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

Nah. Sweeney’s turning into a stud. It’s gonna take a whole lot more than Andy LaRoche for them to part with him, right now. I wouldn’t have minded seeing Jemile Weeks or Adrian Cardenas put in a package for LaRoche, though. Both of them could make really solid 2Bs in a year or two. And we won’t need both of them, unless they still plan on converting Cardenas into a 3B.

Aren’t the Bucs doing okay at 2B, though? Iwamura seems like a decent enough player. And I keep hearing that LaRoche is likely to move there eventually, to make room for Pedro Alvarez.

bucs_lose_again
5 years 7 months ago

I’ve said it before, I don’t necessarily think that Sweeney and Gonzalez would’ve been a bad return for LaRoche plus another prospect, but the Bucs need infield help more than another outfielder. If Huntington was serious about dealing LaRoche to the A’s, I can’t understand why he wouldn’t have asked about one of the many 2nd base prospects that the A’s possess.

$1534453
5 years 7 months ago

I doubt that was ever close to happening. The Bucs reportedly told them Ryan Sweeney and Gio Gonzalez would be the price for him, which, of course, is laughable.

LaRoche is an intriguing young player. But Sweeney appears to have a much higher ceiling. And Gio’s potential is enormous.

Rootdown
5 years 7 months ago

Kouz is a good player.

5 years 7 months ago

I believe you meant to say “Kouz is the definition of mediocrity”.

SmackSaw
5 years 7 months ago

Interesting. The A’s are players like the Padres used to be. The Pads are jettisoning players like the A’s used to.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

Gio would have been enough for me! lol

I love Kouz, wow the A’s will be happy with his D at third!

Good luck Kouz!

5 years 7 months ago

I don’t like it as an A’s fan. I saw a lot of potential in Gio, even though he may not be the calibre of Anderson or Cahill, I thought he could be something special.

mattinglyfan
5 years 7 months ago

Billy Beane finally finds his man at third. Nice trade for both teams.

R_y_a_n
5 years 7 months ago

Nice return for Kouz by Hoyer…Gonzalez still has some considerable upside.

Kouz, on the other hand, has played in two of the worst hitting parks in MLB history. Lucky him.

m26
5 years 7 months ago

It’s amazing how much Gonzalez’s stock has fallen.

alexu1490
5 years 7 months ago

WOW and what now there going to sign JD. Jermaine Dye

5 years 7 months ago

Dye would be atrocious defensively at Petco.

Mickeyblue
5 years 7 months ago

Wow didn’t see this one coming.

Bryz
5 years 7 months ago

Susan Slusser from Twitter says it’s Kouzmanoff for Scott Hairston and others: http://twitter.com/susanslusser/status/7807371279

5 years 7 months ago

Damn, this is like the 3rd or 4th time Gio’s been traded and he’s only 24.

5 years 7 months ago

So now the Padres have 7 ex-WhiteSox on their roster with Gio, Cunningham, Poreda, Russell, Richard and Dexter Carter.

5 years 7 months ago

Indeed.

5 years 7 months ago

A’s now have plus defenders at EVERY position and are the best defensive team in mlb top to bottom.

Do they get Sheets now to cover the loss of Gio?

ryujinda
5 years 7 months ago

Naw, I think the Mariners are by far the best defensive team in baseball still. And they probably will be better defensively next season…if that’s possible.

ryujinda
5 years 7 months ago

Naw, I think the Mariners are by far the best defensive team in baseball still. And they probably will be better defensively next season…if that’s possible.

5 years 7 months ago

Slusser says Scott Hairston is in the deal:

http://twitter.com/susanslusser/statuses/7807371279

5 years 7 months ago

Heard Scott Hairston was involved? Any truth to that?

nelson_c
5 years 7 months ago

I think old Beane needs to be tested for ADD. How many prospects has he traded for and then flipping them a year later? Gio, Wallace, Car-Go…I’m sure there are others. I honestly have no clue what he’s doing.

Seems like Gio would have been more valuable than Kouz, younger with more upside.

5 years 7 months ago

-He got told to get Holliday by the ownership, that failed. Cargo was expendible and cant get on base. The NL and Denver make his numbers look better than they would be in Oakland.

-He traded Wallace because Carter and Barton already are battling for 1B

-This trade was necessary because there was a giant black hole at 3B, literally no one there and only miserable FA options. Now with Suzuki-Barton-Ellis-Pennington-Kouzmanoff-Davis-Crisp-Sweeney the A’s have the best 8 defenders of any team in baseball. From top to bottom theres not a better team, every single player is a plus defender, should be incredible for the pitchers. A’s will be a miserable hitting team again though, might not matter if they win all their games 2-1.

5 years 7 months ago

Let me re-state, the A’s dont have the BEST defender at every position, but no other team in baseball has a plus defender at every position. There’s always a bad fielder/good hitter in there somewhere. I cant see another team with 8 plus defenders out there.

alxn
5 years 7 months ago

Mariners, Red Sox

johnnyfad
5 years 7 months ago

Its just as easy to walk people in Petco

knowidyuh
5 years 7 months ago

Good haul by the Padres. Cunningham has been one of the best hitters for the A’s in the minors, although he is blocked, so he to be moved. I don’t like seeing Gio go, but the A’s were stacked with young rotation talent. Good trade for both teams, but the A’s know what they are getting with Kouz. The Padres could end up with an ace and an all-star OFer, or a couple AAAA players, so time will tell on this one. For now, I see the A’s as the winner, but a year from now?

TheReturnOfMrBlanks
5 years 7 months ago

What…..I watch this thing all day like a hawk and leave for a hour and come back and Kouz is gone? lol Looks like we have faith in Headley. Hey Mickey doesn’t this move free us up a couple Mil?

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

Kind of a swap, good deal for both teams, Hairston will get paid some too. But IMO will further entice his bro to play in SD!

Cunningham in 08 was their I think 9th best prospect. We lacked athletic outfield depth to patrol Petco just got that, Headley wasn’t going anywhere.

5 years 7 months ago

Cunningham was the A’s top OF prospect, but they traded for Michael Taylor an they already have an outfield filled with Plus defenders so Cunningham was expendable. Stil a great pickup for the Padres. RH with some power and some speed and plus defense at the corner OF positions.

Hairston will likely be looking at $2.5-3.5 million in arbitration. Since Friday was the last day to exchange numbers with the teams, I wonder what happened with him?

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

Kind of a swap, good deal for both teams, Hairston will get paid some too. But IMO will further entice his bro to play in SD!

Cunningham in 08 was their I think 9th best prospect. We lacked athletic outfield depth to patrol Petco just got that, Headley wasn’t going anywhere.