Kouzmanoff Elects Free Agency

THURSDAY: Kouzmanoff has elected free agency after clearing waivers, MLBTR has learned.  Word is that multiple teams are interested in signing him to a big league deal.  

TUESDAY: The Rockies are in the process of outrighting third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff from the roster, MLBTR has learned.  The 30-year-old third baseman is expected to reach free agency once he clears waivers.

The alternative for Colorado would have been to tender Kouzmanoff a contract and pay him at least $3.8MM for 2012.  Since that's not in the cards, they're removing him from the 40-man roster now rather than wait until the December 12th non-tender deadline.

The Rockies had acquired Kouzmanoff on August 25th, giving him a 27-game trial for the remainder of the season.  He has a .243/.284/.389 line for 2010-11, failing to match the moderate power he showed in San Diego.  The offensive issues will hurt Kouzmanoff's earning power, though his defense is above-average according to UZR.