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    Kotsay-Devine trade

    Sources: A's to trade outfielder Kotsay to Braves for pitcher Devine

    By Buster Olney
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    The Atlanta Braves have reached a preliminary agreement to acquire center fielder Mark Kotsay from the Oakland Athletics, filling the hole created by the departure of Andruw Jones. The deal will be finalized once Kotsay passes a physical for Atlanta, where he is expected to fly to on Sunday, and assuming the commissioner's office approves the cash negotiated to be exchanged in the deal, sources say.

    In return for Kotsay, the Braves are trading pitcher Joey Devine, and Oakland will assume $5.325 million of the $7.325 million owed to the center fielder for this year.

    Kotsay, 32, played in 56 games in 2007 after having back surgery, hitting .214 with 15 extra-bases hits in 206 at-bats. In 2005, before Kotsay began having serious back trouble, he batted .280, with 51 extra-base hits and a .325 on-base percentage.

    He has rated highly as a center fielder, and the Braves are trying to find a temporary center fielder for at least the start of the 2008 season, or until they deem top-prospect Jordan Schaefer ready to take over the position permanently.

    Devine, a 24-year-old right-hander, was a first round pick in 2005, and has pitched 19.2 innings in the majors, compiling a 6.86 ERA.

    Kotsay becomes the third veteran player traded away by Oakland, as the Athletics continue what is a major reconstruction of their team. They already have dealt pitcher Dan Haren to Arizona and outfielder Nick Swisher to Chicago this winter, and it is expected they will weigh offers for starting pitcher Joe Blanton and closer Huston Street sometime before the July 31 trade deadline.

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    I suppose the Braves won this trade. They got Oakland to assume most of the money, and they found a temporary center fielder until their prospect is ready.
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    Re: Kotsay-Devine trade

    That is a great pick up for the A's. Devine was rushed by the Braves, but really got his act together last year. He has a huge upside. I have no idea what the Braves were thinking.
    Kotsay is a nice player, but he's 32 and clearly on the down side of his career.
    It looks like Beane basically bought Devine for $5.235M, a very smart move.

    The good news for the Reds, is that if the Braves need Hatteberg or Freel, they might be dumb enough to trade a top prospect for them. The bad news is that Beane is getting used to making steals, and will want a ton for Blanton and Street.

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    Re: Kotsay-Devine trade

    Quote Originally Posted by 757690 View Post
    That is a great pick up for the A's. Devine was rushed by the Braves, but really got his act together last year. He has a huge upside. I have no idea what the Braves were thinking.
    Kotsay is a nice player, but he's 32 and clearly on the down side of his career.
    It looks like Beane basically bought Devine for $5.235M, a very smart move.

    The good news for the Reds, is that if the Braves need Hatteberg or Freel, they might be dumb enough to trade a top prospect for them. The bad news is that Beane is getting used to making steals, and will want a ton for Blanton and Street.
    Pretty much echo your thoughts 757690. I can't believe one year of Kotsay is worth a pitcher with as much upside as Devine. He could become a dominant closer...
    "On-base percentage is great if you can score runs and do something with that on-base percentage," Baker said. "Clogging up the bases isn't that great to me."

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    Re: Kotsay-Devine trade

    goes to show how desperate the Brave's were for a CF

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    Re: Kotsay-Devine trade

    Kotsay trade hinges on physical

    Susan Slusser, Chronicle Staff Writer

    Sunday, January 13, 2008


    The A's and the Braves edged closer to completing a deal that would send center fielder Mark Kotsay to Atlanta in exchange for right-handed reliever Joey Devine.

    Oakland also could receive a Class-A pitcher in the deal, according to a Braves source. Oakland will pay $5 million of Kotsay's $7 million salary for 2008, and the A's also will pick up the $325,000 relocation bonus Kotsay is to receive for being traded.

    Kotsay is expected to have a physical in Atlanta on Monday, the Braves source said. When the A's acquired Kotsay from San Diego before the 2004 season, his medical history and the physical delayed things for several days; he has a history of back trouble and he had surgery to repair a disk in his lower back in March. "That's why this is still kind of a tentative thing," the Braves source said.

    Kotsay said he has been hitting for the past month, the earliest he's been able to do so in years, and he said he feels great. If the Braves are convinced he's fine, the deal could be announced as soon as Monday.

    Devine, 24, was the Braves' first-round pick in 2005 and he was brought up later that year, but he had a rough time, giving up grand slams in his first two big-league appearances, then he gave up Chris Burke's walk-off homer in the 18th inning of Game 4 of the 2005 NL Division Series against Houston, ending Atlanta's season.

    "He was rushed to the big leagues," one major-league scout said. "He's got great makeup, but that kind of left him shell-shocked. A change of scenery will be good for him."

    Two industry sources speculated Saturday that if the A's land Devine, they will look to move closer Huston Street. General manager Billy Beane has made no secret that he's rebuilding the team, "full bore."

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    I suppose it will come down to the physical. Oakland may also get an A-ball pitcher in the deal now.
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    Re: Kotsay-Devine trade

    Kotsay officially joins Braves
    Veteran center fielder passed physical on Monday
    By Mark Bowman / MLB.com

    ATLANTA -- Braves players showered Mark Kotsay with praise this past weekend. General manager Frank Wren finally had the opportunity to do the same on Monday evening, when he was able to officially announce the acquisition of the center fielder he has long targeted.

    Once Kotsay was medically cleared and the Commissioner's Office provided its stamp of approval, Wren was able to release some of the excitement he'd withheld since Saturday, when he had reached agreement with the A's on a three-player trade.

    In exchange for Kotsay and cash considerations, the Braves sent right-handed reliever Joey Devine and Minor League right-handed pitcher Jamie Richmond to the A's. It's the type of transaction Wren had desired when he began his search for Andruw Jones' replacement, and at the same time, one that he didn't know would be possible.

    "I didn't envision getting a player of Mark's quality when we first started out [looking for a center fielder]," Wren said. "He was a name on our list, but we didn't know what Oakland was going to do. Now that it's done, I couldn't be more thrilled."

    While swinging the bat without discomfort over the past few weeks, Kotsay was confident that his troublesome back has finally returned to health for the first time since 2004. That confidence grew even greater Monday afternoon, when the Braves medical personnel gave him a clean bill of health.

    "I feel encouraged about the year ahead and as encouraged as I've been in years about the season ahead," said Kotsay, who had a herniated disk surgically repaired in March and appeared in just 56 games this past season.

    Once the Braves cut ties with Jones, Wren's desire was to find a talented veteran center fielder who could bridge the gap to the time that top prospect Jordan Schafer is ready for the Majors. He placed Kotsay's name at the top of his wish list long before he knew about his health, and the A's willingness to trade him came with an agreement to pay a large portion of his salary.

    The Braves will be responsible for just $2 million of Kotsay's $7.325 million salary. If the 32-year-old veteran, who is entering the final year of a three-year contract, is able to regain the form he had before his back problems began in 2005, Wren may have found a real bargain.

    "If you remember in my opening press conference, I said that we'd like to find a veteran center fielder to put on our club to bridge the gap to our younger players," Wren said. "I can't think of a better guy to do that than Mark Kotsay. Fundamentally, he's one of the best defensive outfielders I've ever seen."

    Kotsay, who has totaled a Major League-high 110 assists since the start of the 1998 season, is a determined, gritty defensive player, who was a capable offensive performer before his back started bothering him during the 2005 season.

    Over the course of the past three seasons, he has hit .267 with a .388 slugging percentage and .321 on-base percentage. Entering the 2005 season, his career statistics included a .287 batting average, .425 slugging percentage and .343 on-base percentage.

    Kotsay's belief that he can return to his successful form has been enhanced with the results he's seen while taking batting practice over the past few weeks. He said he hasn't felt any discomfort in his swings, and for the first time in a long time, he's waking up in the mornings without any pain.

    "I feel great," said Kotsay, who said he believes he can play in at least 150 games this season.

    Kotsay, who has batted .282 with .337 on-base percentage in his 11-season career, is looking for a new beginning. The .214 batting average he produced in limited and painful action this past season is just a tangible sign of the frustrations he felt over the course of the past year.

    "I'm definitely motivated to go out and play this game the way that I know that I can," Kotsay said.

    While saying that he is looking forward to the opportunity to play for Bobby Cox, Kotsay pointed out that players across the league view the Braves skipper's all-time record ejections total as just a sign that he's there to protect his players.

    "Bobby is a veteran manager and knows how to get the most out of his players and personnel," Kotsay said. "As a veteran player, you want to lead, and when you have a great leader it becomes easier."

    Wren's relationship with Kotsay dates back to 1996, when the Marlins took the outfielder with the ninth overall selection in the First-Year Player Draft. In Florida at the time as an assistant general manager, the Braves GM immediately saw a young kid who possessed leadership skills and a respect for the game.

    "Having spent time with Mark, there was no doubt he was the guy that we wanted," Wren said.

    In order to get Kotsay, the Braves had to part ways with two respectable pitching prospects. While Devine showed some improvement this past year, he still hasn't proven to be the reliever the Braves projected when they took him with their first pick in the 2005 Draft.

    While Braves fans will always remember Devine as the pitcher who surrendered Chris Burke's 18th-inning, walk-off homer that ended the 2005 National League Division Series against the Astros, Richmond isn't as recognized. The 21 year-old right-hander went 7-6 with a 3.05 ERA at Class A Richmond this year.

    "To get something good, you have to get something good," Wren said.

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    Re: Kotsay-Devine trade

    so they get a decent young starter too? Way to go Braves ! One injury riddled year of Mark Kotsay for two promising young pitchers !
    "On-base percentage is great if you can score runs and do something with that on-base percentage," Baker said. "Clogging up the bases isn't that great to me."


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