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UPDATE: The parameters are all worked out, but probably won't be finalized till late this week as Beltre must pass his physical as well as Kotchman and Hall. Also the commissioner office must approve any dealings that involve cash.
It appears after a series of tweets and blog posts,started by ESPN's Buster Olney
, that the Mariners are working on a trade to acquire
from the Boston Red Sox. Most reports say its for a minor leaguer.
UPDATE: Foxsports.com's Ken Rosenthal tweets that Kotchman is being traded for Bill Hall.
I guess my first reaction was one of total indifference. I don't dislike Kotchman as a player, but I'm not exactly excited about the possibility of him being the Mariners starting first baseman.
Kotchman, 26, is left-handed hitter with some power, but he would be labeled as more "gap-to-gap" by scouts. He doesn't have the 30-home run capability of a healthy Russell Branyan.
In 2007 with the Angels, he hit 11 homers in 508 plate appearances. His slugging percentage was the highest in his career at .467.
In 2008, he played with the Angels and then Braves (he was part of the Mark Teixeira trade). In 573 plate appearances, he had 14 homers, and had a slugging percentage of .410.
He isn't a free swinger. His career on-base percentage is .337, and he will take a walk. He has an 8.8 base on balls percentage.
Kotchman is also considered a solid fielder at first (something Branyan is not, or Mike Carp isn't for that matter). He had a 7.6 UZR rating last season and a 11.1 UZR/150 rating, though he didn't have have quite the chances that a starter would.