Are the Cubs Interested in Kevin Kouzmanoff? …And Other Rumors

According to a report from the Chicago Sun-Times on Monday, the Cubs acknowledged a potential fit with the Padres’ current third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff. The Padres reportedly have been looking to move the free-swinging Kouzmanoff to make room for Chase Headley at third base. Kouzmanoff is in his last year before becoming arbitration eligible and is making only $432,400 this season.

Bruce Levine mentioned in his blog on Tuesday night not to be surprised if the Cubs make a few roster moves in the next couple of days, including a possible callup for Jake Fox…but did not mention the Padres’ third baseman.

Kevin Kouzmanoff has underachieved in San Diego after a solid first season in a Padres’ uniform. Kouzmanoff was acquired from the Indians in November of 2006 along with Andrew Brown for Josh Barfield. Kouzmanoff put up solid numbers in 2007 (.275/.329/.457/.786 with 30 doubles and 18 home runs) but took a few steps back in 2008 (.260/.299/.433/.732 with 31 doubles and 23 home runs).

Kevin Kouzmanoff swinging and misses a lot. In 145 games, 484 at bats in 2007 he struck out 94 times and walked only 32 times…last season, 139 strikeouts and 23 walks in 154 games, 624 at bats).

Kouzmanoff has put up better numbers during his career away from PETCO park (.274/.320/.466/.786) than at home (.245/.294/.396/.690) but not this season (away in 2009, .211/.241/.289/.530…home this season, .259/.323/.435/.758). Kouzmanoff is hitting .236 with a .285 OBP and a .366 SLG (four home runs and seven doubles) in 42 games.

The report in the Sun-Times indicated the Padres would want a “quality pitching prospect” for Kouzmanoff.

In eight career games at Wrigley, Kouzmanoff is hitting .120/.154/.160 with a double, three hits and a walk in 25 at bats.

If the Cubs are concerned Aramis Ramirez could be out longer than the two months expected Kevin Kouzmanoff could be a good pickup…but their might be a better one out there.

According to Bruce Levine, Jake Fox is one addition the Cubs could make to the big league team soon…despite his defensive shortcomings. Fox continues to tear the cover off the ball in Triple-A.

Levine also mentioned the Cubs could finally cut ties with Neal Cotts and Jason Waddell could be added to the Cubs 40-man roster and called up. Waddell hasn’t exactly been lights out of late, but he has to be a better option than Neal Cotts.

Jason Waddell is 0-1 in 18 games with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP (12 runs, 10 earned, on 17 hits with 12 strikeouts, seven walks, one home run, one hit batsman and three holds in 16 2/3 innings).

Bruce Levine mentioned the fact “the Cubs would love to trade for another infielder that can play third base” while Aramis Ramirez is out…but due to “financial constraints might have to promote from within.

Stay Tuned….

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