Kotsay reportedly returns to Padres
Mark Kotsay’s hometown Padres have reportedly lured the veteran outfielder back to the west coast.
FoxSports.com cited sources Tuesday in reporting that Kotsay and the Padres had reached an agreement on a $1.25 million, one-year contract. He previously played for the Padres from 2001-03 and lives just north of San Diego with his wife, Jamie, and three kids.
The Padres have not confirmed the deal, which would be pending a physical exam.
Kotsay, 36 on Dec. 2, was a favorite of Brewers manager Ron Roenicke in 2011 while batting .270 with three home runs and 31 RBIs in 104 games. He started twice in the six-game National League Championship Series.
“I always feel good when Kotsay is in the lineup,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said before Game 3 of the NLCS, in which Kotsay homered but could not caught up to two key fly balls in center field. “Especially when we start him, he seems to have a big day; something always good seems to happen when he’s in there.
In parts of 15 Major League seasons, Kotsay is a .278 hitter 124 home runs and 694 RBIs. He is capable at all three outfield positions and at first base.
The move could put the Brewers in the market for a backup outfielder if they feel left-handed hitting Logan Schafer, 25, would be better playing full-time at Triple-A. The team is set in the corners with left fielder Ryan Braun and right fielder Corey Hart, and Nyjer Morgan and Carlos Gomez — both arbitration-eligible — are expected to be back as a center field platoon. The Brewers could simply go with those four true outfielders if they resign Jerry Hairston Jr., who can play anywhere on the diamond including shortstop and center field.
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