Rockies Acquire Kevin Kouzmanoff

THURSDAY: The Rockies are paying $250K of Kouzmanoff's remaining salary, according to Troy Renck of The Denver Post (via Twitter).

TUESDAY: The Rockies have acquired third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff and cash considerations from the A's for a player to be named or cash considerations, the teams announced. Colorado's new acquisition will report to Triple-A, according to the Rockies.

Kouzmanoff, who spends his offseasons in Evergreen, Colorado, hasn't appeared in the Majors since June 6th, when the A's optioned him to Triple-A. Before getting sent down, the 30-year-old posted a .221/.262/.353 line with four homers in 149 plate appearances. Kouzmanoff hit 75 MLB homers in total from 2007-10 and led the A's with 16 last year. He has a career line of .255/.300/.421 in six seasons.

The Rockies don't have a long-term solution at third base and they figure to give Kouzmanoff a chance at the hot corner in the Majors over the course of the season's final five weeks. It's possible that Colorado will call their new acquisition up within 24 hours.

Kouzmanoff earns $4.75MM this year and will be arbitration eligible for the final time after the season. The A's were presumably looking to obtain something of value for a player who no longer figured into their long-term plans and had become a non-tender candidate.

MLBTR has learned that Kouzmanoff recently switched agents from Adam Katz of WMG to Sosnick Cobbe Sports. Check out our Agency Database for the latest on which agents represent which players.


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43 Comments on "Rockies Acquire Kevin Kouzmanoff"


3 years 11 months ago

forgive me for thinking that he could have been useful on the indians…

3 years 11 months ago

Nice now we have Ian Stewart and Kouz! add them together and you’ll get 20 hr’s and a .270 avg

drjayphd
3 years 11 months ago

There isn’t enough brain bleach in the world for me to erase the mental image of an unholy Stewzmanoff hybrid.

BadBadLeroyBrown
3 years 11 months ago

.270 avg you wish try .210 avg with 300 k’s between the 2 of them lol

Thomas W
3 years 11 months ago

I love this Evergreen HS yeah!

notsureifsrs
3 years 11 months ago

i think i’m just going to keep saying this for awhile, because they keep making me think it: the rockies are weird

Rabbitov
3 years 11 months ago

Liked because ‘weird’ is the exact word I’d use. 

3 years 11 months ago

When Oakland trades with Colorado they usually lose. Carlos Gonzalez couldn’t hit in Oakland either. Maybe the Russian can do well in Coors

Matt A.
3 years 11 months ago

He’s Macedonian

IdontknowwhyIpostonforums
3 years 11 months ago

He is Macedonian.

ellisburks
3 years 11 months ago

I think he is Macedonian.

TartanElk
3 years 11 months ago

But his nickname is “The Crushin’ Russian.”

3 years 11 months ago

Naw man, back when we was with the Friars it was “The Mashin’ Macedonian.”

ellisburks
3 years 11 months ago

Youkilis was the Greek God of Walks but he’s Jewish so …

Blake_HawksWitt
3 years 11 months ago

Wait, is he Macedonian?

TartanElk
3 years 11 months ago

I think he’s Italian. Or maybe some kind of Spanish.

Dan Mazzaro
3 years 11 months ago

I remember that game..

TartanElk
3 years 11 months ago

I think he’s Italian. Or maybe some kind of Spanish.

MattCMoore
3 years 11 months ago

I think he might be Macedonian…. At least thats what my sources are telling me…

Dan Mazzaro
3 years 11 months ago

Why do the Rockies always wait until late August to decide if they’re going to compete?

bigpat
3 years 11 months ago

They are throwing in the towel if they give Kouz any starts at the major league level. 

bigpat
3 years 11 months ago

Why? God? Why? 

mgsports
3 years 11 months ago

Yes they got Mark Ellis from the A’s.
Ty Wigginton is the 3B right know.

5_tool_MiLB_fool
3 years 11 months ago

 no wonder the rockies wont ever contend they always get rusted up pieces from the A’s! (with the exception of CarGo)

3 years 11 months ago

Wait, Kouz and cash for a PTBNL or cash?  That sounds kinda…weird, right?  “We’ll send you some cash, and if we don’t like what we see of the list of guys you give us, you’ll send it back to us, with interest.” 

TheReturnOfMrBlanks
3 years 11 months ago

Kouz is going to rake at Coors field, give him a shot it might work!

3 years 11 months ago

so now you owe the A’s 2 players to be named later 1 from the ellis trade still 

D.j. Wilson
3 years 11 months ago

Lets’s call them the Colorado A’s: Jason Giambi, Carlos Gonzalez, Huston Street, Mark Ellis, Kevin Kouzmanoff…

Rabbitov
3 years 11 months ago

When they had Wigginton and Mora we called them the Colorado Orioles. 

corey23
3 years 11 months ago

LATER KOUZ!!! thank god, i was tired of him stinking up Sacramento with that bat of his.  Nice guy but just not that good.

jeffmaz
3 years 11 months ago

He was hitting .302 with 13 home runs in 61 ABs.  How horrible is that?

3 years 11 months ago

13 home runs in 61 ABs is a lot different to 13 home runs in 61 games (which is what he has actually done).

3 years 11 months ago

sorry for the mixup

I agree, .302 and 13 home runs in 61 games is horrible

Ricardo Elorza
3 years 11 months ago

I was going to post that Kouz has played all his career in extreme pitchers parks and know will call Coors his home… then I noticed he’s 30. When did this happen?

John DiRienzo
3 years 11 months ago

July 25, 2011.

BadBadLeroyBrown
3 years 11 months ago

A 3rd baseman getting demoted for a 2nd baseman to play 3B….depressing

Guest
3 years 11 months ago

Anyone else see the Rox moving him for Wandy? They don’t really have room for him….

Guest
3 years 11 months ago

Anyone else see the Rox dealing him for Wandy?

Bill Konigsberg
3 years 11 months ago

No. The Rockies are seeking lightning in a bottle at the hot corner for a possible playoff run, even though they’ve been terrible this year. This move actually makes a little sense. They’ve been giving Chris Nelson some looks at third and he’s probably not the answer… with Ian Stewart done and Josh Fields the next best thing at AAA, Kouzmanoff seems like a reasonable gamble as someone to spell Ty Wigginton down the stretch.

Triple Hawpes Brewed
3 years 11 months ago

“led the A’s with 16 HR’s…” geez how pathetic is the A’s offense?!

tiduss
3 years 11 months ago

 Guess. Just guess how pathetic it is with what you just said.

3 years 11 months ago

… and they didn’t.

BadBadLeroyBrown
3 years 11 months ago

this is there offseason Kouz and Wandy I hope they were just blocking a team with that move….the Astros really think of Wandy like he’s CC Sabathia or Cliff Lee…talking about they expect top prospects for him lol…..