Padres’ Byrnes makes first move
New Padres general manager Josh Byrnes is rumored to be close to his first acquisition with San Diego, as the team has been linked to veteran outfielder Mark Kotsay.
A report on FoxSports.com said Kotsay has agreed to a one-year deal for $1.25 million, pending a physical. Neither Byrnes nor the Padres have confirmed that a deal is in place.
The Padres are, among other things, looking to add to their bench to give manager Bud Black more options. Also, the team ranked last in baseball with its .229 average against right-handed pitching. The left-handed hitting Kotsay will give them a bat off the bench and someone who can play all three outfield positions and some first base.
– Corey Brock