Tagged: Kevin Kouzmanoff

Breaking down the Padres-A’s trade.

    Yesterday, the Padres traded third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff and Eric Sogard to the A’s for outfielders Scott Hairston and Aaron Cunningham. From what i’ve seen on Padres.com, facebook, and other places, there are mixed thoughts about the trade. I’m going to break this trade down and explain why the trade was made from the Padres perspective.

     With Kouzmanoff gone, that allows Chase Headley to move back to his former position, 3rd base. Now, before you start to say that Headley only has a .263 career average and only 21 homers in 2 full seasons, remember that Chase had to transition to the outfield, and was still working on his defensive skills. That might have taken more time away from practicing his hitting, and he hasn’t played a full season as a starter in the big leagues yet. It should be interesting to see Chase develop into an everyday big league third baseman.

     Another reason this deal was made is because it clears the outfield log jam in left field, and allows Kyle Blanks to play left field on an everyday basis. Scott Hairston will be the starting center fielder and will be backing up Adrian Gonzalez in the lineup, with Tony Gwynn Jr as his backup. In right field, Will Venable will most likely start, and Luis Durango, if he begins the season with the Major League Club, will platoon in all the outfield positions.

If no more starters are traded, the Padres 2010 opening day lineup will mostly look like this:









Pitching spot

Should be interesting to see what happens.

Go Padres!

BREAKING NEWS: Kooz trade to A’s for Scotty

Wow, I did not see this coming. The Padres have traded Kevin Kouzmanoff and minor leaguer Eric Sogard over the the A’s for former Padre Scott Hairston and young outfield prospect Aaron Cunnigham. Wow. I can’t believe it. I am still in shock. I guess this move will put Headley as an everyday 3rd baseman, and let Blanks play full-time in left. Venable will play right and Scotty will start in center, will Tony Gwynn Jr. as his backup. Kooz, you will be missed.

I’m glad that Scotty is back, though! He was one of my favorite Padres!Scott Hairston #21 of the Oakland Athletics heads for home plate after his solo home run in the first inning off a pitch by Josh Beckett of the Boston Red Sox non July 7, 2009 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.  
Scott Hairston says that it is a dream come true for him to be back in San Diego. He said that his 4 year old son kept asking him when he was going to play for the Padres again. Scotty never said that it was going to happen, but he was wrong. It did! 
I wish Kooz nothing but luck with the A’s. While this trade isn’t official yet, it more than likely will be as Cunningham is reportedly heading to San Diego to take a physical with the team. This is a very interesting trade, and it should be interesting to see how it pans out. 
Go Padres!