Finally, Athletics acquire Kotsay from Padres
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"Over the weekend it looked like it was starting to unravel,"
The 27-year-old Kotsay played in 128 games this past season for San Diego and hit .266 with seven homers and 38 runs batted in. He was selected by the
Kotsay has a career average of .281 with 65 homers and 336 RBI in 868 contests.
Hernandez batted .273 in 140 games for Oakland in 2003 with 21 home runs and 78 runs batted in. He was signed as a non-drafted free agent by Oakland on February 18, 1994 and saw his first major league action in 1999, when he appeared in 40 games for the
The 27-year-old Hernandez is a lifetime .253 hitter with 60 homers and 263 RBI in 595 games.
Long struggled last season for the
"We're excited about adding two more pieces to our puzzle as we enter our first season at PETCO Park," Towers said. "In
The deal is almost a wash financially. Kotsay is slated to earn $5.5 million next season, while Hernandez will make $2.9 million and Long $3.7 million.
"Really from a dollar standpoint it didn't hold me up," said Towers. "The biggest worry was if the deal didn't go through what was I going to do as a plan B or plan C in the way of getting a catcher."
Long is expected to see action in every outfield spot. He'll join