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San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - The Oakland have acquired outfielder from the San Diego in exchange for All-Star catcher and outfielder . The deal was delayed for more than a week because the A's requested pictures of the MRI exam Kotsay had on a herniated disc in his lower back. The clubs had originally agreed to the trade on November 18.

"Over the weekend it looked like it was starting to unravel," executive vice president and general manager Kevin Towers said. "We had several parties in different places. I kept hearing rumors they thought about possibly changing their minds on it. There were concerns about Kotsay's back."

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 in the first round (ninth pick overall) of the 1996 free-agent draft. He was then traded by Florida along with outfielder Cesar Crespo to San Diego on March 28, 2001 for outfielder and pitchers and Omar Ortiz.

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 and hit .279.

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 , as he batted just .245 with 14 home runs and 61 RBI in 140 contests. The 27-year-old was selected by the ' organization in the first round (20th pick overall) of the 1994 free- agent draft. He made three appearances as a pinch-hitter for New York in 1999.

The then traded Long and pitcher Leo Vasquez to Oakland on July 23, 1999 for pitcher . In 605 career games, Long has compiled a .265 average with 60 homers and 293 RBI.

"We're excited about adding two more pieces to our puzzle as we enter our first season at PETCO Park," Towers said. "In and , we've acquired two solid players who will unquestionably be assets to the team, both from an offensive and defensive standpoint."

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 , who was acquired by the from the Pittsburgh last season.

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