Drew back on the DL; Kotsay eyed as replacement

J.D. Drew has been placed on the 15-day DL with a herniated disc in his back, a condition that can cause a great deal of pain, depending on how badly it has slipped. The Red Sox are in trade talks with the Braves that could bring veteran outfielder Mark Kotsay to Boston. The 32-year old Kotsay had been kind of terrible in 2007 and to begin 2008, but has had a big resurgence of late and is now hitting .289/.338/.418 in 318 AB for the Braves, very near his career numbers.

The fact that the front office is trying to make a move indicates to me that they are looking at Drew being out for at least 3-4 weeks. They would love to add one of their most productive hitters this year back to the lineup for the playoffs, and the best way to do that is to rest him for most of September.

The Sox also swapped out reliever Chris Smith for infielder Joe Thurston before yesterday’s game for extra infield depth. You never know when Joba Chamberlain will throw at Kevin Youkilis again, right?

One Response to Drew back on the DL; Kotsay eyed as replacement

  1. redsoxtalk says:

    The trade is now official. Kotsay will get about $335k for waiving his no-trade to Boston, and the Braves will receive 20-year old minor league outfielder Luis Sumoza:

    Sumoza was an undrafted free agent out of Venezuela who signed in 2004. He hit .301/.366/.549 for Lowell this year in part-time duty. Kind of an Engel Beltre 5-tool-type, but not quite as good.

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