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Why Not Kotsay?

In today’s Effectively Wild podcast at Baseball Prospectus, Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller picked the “perceived clubhouse leaders” for every team in the American and National leagues. They based their decisions on perceptions perpetuated by the media noting that who they perceive to be the leader may not in fact be so. I’ve transcribed the Padres portion of the podcast and...
Via Padres Public
August 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Fowler, Kotsay, and the Mole

A month ago, the Padres were looking to add on and were considered to be contenders in the NL West. Injuries and reality finally took their toll, and a 3-16 record turned the Padres into admitted sellers. It’s been a strange month in Padres land, where things have been turned on their head and one man has done as close to nothing as possible. It feels just about right, because...
Via Padres Public
July 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Padres Kotsay to one-year extension

The San Diego Padres have signed first baseman/outfielder Mark Kotsay to a one-year contract extension. Kotsay was eligible for free agency at the end of the season. The 36-year-old went into Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates hitting .275 with one home run and nine RBIs in 55 games. Kotsay has made 15 starts in left field, five in right field and two at first base...
Via AP on Fox
August 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Mark Kotsay Agrees to Extension

Press Release Provided by the San Diego Padres Media Department: SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Padres today announced they have agreed to terms on a contract extension with infielder/outfielder Mark Kotsay through the 2013 season. Executive Vice President/General Manager Josh Byrnes made the announcement. “Mark provides versatility and a very good late-game at-bat,” said Byrnes...
Via Friarhood
August 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Deadline Trade Candidate - Mark Kotsay

While some clubs in playoff contention are looking to make significant additions ahead of the trade deadline other contenders are in a better position with regards to weaknesses on their roster. They are approaching this deadline looking to add depth, perhaps in the form of a bench bat and/or middle relief help. Teams looking for a guy that can come off the bench late in a pivotal...
Via Friarhood
July 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Kotsay delivers what was expected for Padres

The Padres acquired Mark Kotsay as a free agent last winter with hopes he would deliver leadership in the clubhouse and provide some much-needed help from the left side of the plate off the bench. Well, nothing helps boost the morale of a 5-14 team quite like a game-winning, two-run, pinch-hit double, which is what Kotsay delivered in the eighth inning Thursday night to help the...
Via Fox Sports San Diego
April 27, 2012  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres Give Mark Kotsay Another Shot for $1.25 Million

Apparently, Mark Kotsay is not done playing baseball. For whatever reason, the San Diego Padres feel Kotsay will be able to contribute to their outfield situation... because he's certainly not going to do anything for their run-scoring situation. Anyway, he's one of the few big leaguers to more or less beg to play there: "There was no secret that I wanted to come...
Via Babes Love Baseball
November 17, 2011  |  1 Comment

Padres Officially Sign Mark Kotsay

<span style="font-size: 9.5pt; font-family: "Arial","sans-serif";">Official Press release provided by the San Diego Padres media department. <span style="font-size: 9.5pt; font-family: "Arial","sans-serif";">SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Padres today announced that they have agreed to terms on a one-year contract...
Via Friarhood
November 16, 2011  |  Discuss

What Does San Diego See In Kotsay?

For the second year in a row, Mark Kotsay has received a major league contract. The Padres agreed to a one-year deal worth $1.25 million with the 35-year-old (about to enter his age-36 season) on Tuesday. For the second year in a row, Mark Kotsay does not deserve a spot on a major league roster — at least, not on his merits as a baseball player. There was a time when Mark Kotsay...
Via Fangraphs
November 16, 2011  |  Discuss

Kotsay ends short tenure with Brewers

Mark Kotsay's brief stint with the Brewers came to an end Tuesday, with veteran outfielder agreeing to a one-year, $1.25 million deal with his hometown San Diego Padres.This seems like a good time to admit that I was probably too hard on the guy from the start. I preferred Chris Dickerson and Jody Gerut over him at the time. The solution to every roster crunch was "DFA Kotsay...
Via Brewers Bar
November 15, 2011  |  Discuss
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