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Red Sox first baseman Casey Kotchman is on the verge of being traded to the Mariners, according to a major-league source.

The deal, first reported by ESPN.com, will bring the Red Sox utility man Bill Hall and a minor leaguer.

Kotchman became expendable when the Red Sox reached agreement with free-agent third baseman Adrian Beltre, ensuring that Kevin Youkilis will remain at first base.

Beltre's deal will become official once he passes a physical. The Red Sox also are expected to trade third baseman Mike Lowell.

The addition of Kotchman should ensure that Jose Lopez remains at second base for the Mariners and could reduce the chances of the team re-signing free-agent first baseman Russell Branyan.

The team had considered a number of scenarios in which Lopez might move to first, including playing Hall at third and Chone Figgins at second.

But when asked about that possible alignment Tuesday, Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said, "I don't think that's going to happen. As of right now, 'Lopey' is our second baseman."

Zduriencik left open the possibility that his plans could change.

Hall will likely play infield and outfield for the Red Sox.

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