Mark Kotsay Rumors

Brewers Seek Veteran Bench Help

The Brewers are looking to add veteran bench help and Mark Kotsay is a possibility, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. The Brewers showed interest in Willie Harris before he signed with the Mets and could look to sign Kotsay, who could pinch-hit for Carlos Gomez.

Kotsay, 35, hit .239/.306/.376 in 359 plate appearances for the White Sox last year. The left-handed batter hit eight homers while playing first base and right field.

The Brewers already have a number of outfield options. They recently signed Jeremy Reed to a minor league deal and outfielders Chris DickersonBrandon BoggsCaleb Gindl and Logan Schafer will also be in Brewers camp this spring. Gomez, Ryan Braun and Corey Hart are the team's starting outfielders. 

Odds & Ends: Brewers, Dodgers, Fielder, Konerko

Links for Sunday as Phil Hughes takes the mound against Boston..

Odds & Ends: Nationals, Lilly, Haren, Marlins, Kotsay

Sunday night linkage..

White Sox Notes: Beckham, Jones, Designated Hitter

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen addressed some of the team's needs before heading off to Indianapolis, and's Scott Merkin has the goods..

  • Guillen would like to find an upgrade over Gordan Beckham in the leadoff spot.  However, Guillen went out of his way to say that he is a "good RBI man" and added that he would like to move him down to sixth or seventh in the lineup.
  • Andruw Jones could be an everyday outfielder for the ChiSox if (and, as Merkin notes, "that's a big if") he reports to Spring Training in shape.
  • Guillen seems to like the flexibility that comes with not having a true designated hitter.  The way he sees it, he can use Jones, Omar Vizquel, Mark Kotsay, Paul Konerko or Mark Teahen in the spot when neccessary, and shift them around as he sees fit.
  • Freddy Garcia is working to get himself in position to be the club's fifth starter.  The 33-year-old posted a 4.34 ERA in nine starts with the White Sox last season.

White Sox Re-Sign Mark Kotsay

Joe Cowley of The Chicago Sun Times reports that the White Sox have announced that Mark Kotsay was given a one year, $1.5MM contract to return to the team in 2010. It's essentially the same contract he signed with Boston last January.

Kotsay, acquired from the Red Sox just before the trade deadline, hit .292/.349/.434 in 127 plate appearances with the Pale Hose. He played mostly first base for Chicago, but also saw action in all three outfield spots.

Ozzie Hopes To Have Kotsay Back

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen would like to have outfielder/first baseman Mark Kotsay back for the 2010 season, according to's Jesse Temple.  Kotsay had positive words about a possible return, but admitted, "It's just kind of early to speculate on what lies ahead."

Kotsay, 34 in December, has a .264/.312/.384 line in 139 plate appearances for the Red Sox and White Sox this year.  He can play first base and all three outfield positions.  Kotsay has performed better since coming to Chicago (with cash) for Brian Anderson on July 28th.  He dealt with shoulder, back, and calf injuries with the Red Sox before being designated for assignment four days prior to the trade.  He'd signed a $1.5MM free agent deal with Boston on January 8th.

Odds & Ends: Red Sox, Cubs, Free Agents

Some links to mull over during game time:

Red Sox Acquire Brian Anderson For Mark Kotsay

2:08pm:'s Noah Coslov says the White Sox received Mark Kotsay and cash from the Red Sox for Anderson.  A Red Sox press release says Anderson will be assigned to Triple A Pawtucket.  The 27 year-old voiced his desire for a trade last Thursday to's Scott Merkin.  He has a .225/.288/.364 line in 862 career plate appearances (and here's a look at his glovework; the biggest sample is 966 innings in '06).

Kotsay was designated for assignment by Boston on Friday.  The 33 year-old hit .257/.291/.324 in 79 plate appearances for the Red Sox; he'd re-signed in January for $1.5MM plus incentives.  He was hobbled by calf and back injuries.

1:59pm: The Red Sox acquired Brian Anderson from the White Sox, according to David Lefort of the Boston Globe. It's unclear what the Red Sox gave up or where they'll assign Anderson, who had been playing in the minors for the White Sox. 

Tim Dierkes contributed to this post.

Odds & Ends: Garko, Kotsay, Holliday, Tigers

Congratulations to Rickey Henderson, Jim Rice, and the late Joe Gordon on their inductions into baseball's Hall of Fame today. The Red Sox were rumored to be looking for a righthanded bat that can play the outfield earlier today, maybe Rickey's still got something left in the tank. Anyway, here's some links…

Red Sox DFA Mark Kotsay

3:55pm: Mike Petraglia of says Kotsay was designated for assignment, not waived. This gives the Red Sox ten days to make their next move.

2:17pm: The Red Sox put Mark Kotsay on waivers to make room for the recently-acquired Adam LaRoche, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. If no team claims Kotsay within 48 hours, the Red Sox can release him or assign him to the minor leagues. The 33-year-old has an OPS of .615 in 27 games at first base and as an outfielder.