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Tue, 01/05/2010 - 4:10pm  

Sox close to trading Kotchman

The Red Sox and Mariners are close to an agreement that would send first baseman Casey Kotchman to the Mariners in exchange for a minor-league player to be named later, a major-league role player (reportedly Bill Hall) and cash, according to a baseball source. The deal is not yet finalized. News of the general agreement was first reported by ESPN.com.

 

Kotchman, who is eligible for salary arbitration after having earned $2.885 million in 2009, became expendable with the Sox' acquisition of free agent Adrian Beltre. Though the Sox had spent part of the offseason suggesting that the 26-year-old Kotchman could be their starting first baseman, Beltre's signing will allow the Sox to keep Kevin Youkilis at first base.

 

Kotchman, acquired by the Sox last year at the trade deadline in exchange for Adam LaRoche, hit .218 with a .284 OBP, .287 slugging and .572 OPS in 39 games with the Sox. He is a career .269/.337/.406/.742 hitter.

 

In 2009, Hall had six homers and 24 RBI with a .201 batting average over 76 games before finishing the season in Seattle. With the Mariners, he had two homers and 12 RBI to go along with a .200 average over the final 34 games of the year. Over the course of his eight-year career, Hall has a .251 batting average, along with 104 homers and 379 RBI.

 

For more details, including how this deal played a key role in allowing the Sox to sign Beltre, visit the Full Count Blog.




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