Kevin Kouzmanoff has been stuck in the minors since the A’s demoted the struggling third baseman to Triple-A in mid-June and today they traded him (and some cash) to the Rockies for a player to be named later.
Kouzmanoff and his $4.75 million salary went unclaimed on waivers back in June, allowing the A’s to outright him off the 40-man roster, so it’s safe to say that the player to be named later won’t be anything special.
In fact, according to Jane Lee of MLB.com the deal won’t even get him back to the majors right away, as Colorado plans to assign him to their Triple-A team.
Kouzmanoff is under team control for next season, but there’s little chance of the Rockies actually offering him arbitration because that would essentially lock them into a one-year deal worth at least $4.5 million. Presumably they’ll call him up once rosters expand on September 1 and then possibly try to negotiate a lower salary for next season, with Kouzmanoff serving as merely a fallback option at third base heading into the offseason.
The Diamondbacks announced on Monday that starter Shelby Miller has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation. Miller will get a second opinion on his elbow on Tuesday, per MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert. Pitcher Silvino Bracho has been called up from Triple-A Reno to take Miller’s spot on the roster.
Miller, 26, left Sunday’s start with what was described at the time as forearm tightness. Through his first four starts, Miller is carrying a 4.09 ERA with a 20/12 K/BB ratio in 22 innings.
Bracho, 24, has pitched quite well in 6 2/3 innings of relief at Reno. He’s given up just one unearned run on four hits and a walk (intentional) with 12 strikeouts.
Archie Bradley figures to take Miller’s spot in the starting rotation as Bracho will work middle relief.
And John Lackey is livid.
The Brewers’ first baseman homered in each of his first two plate appearances against Reds starter Amir Garrett on Monday evening, helping his team to a 6-1 lead after two frames. The first was a solo blast in the first inning, and the second was a two-run shot to the opposite field in the second inning.
According to MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, Thames has tied the Brewers’ record for home runs in April with 10. Carlos Lee also hit 10 homers in April 2006.
Seven of Thames’ 10 home runs have come against the Reds. Including his first two at-bats on Monday night, Thames is hitting .379/.474/.924 with 17 RBI along with the 10 dingers. Not too shabby from a guy the Brewers signed to a three-year, $16 million contract during the offseason.
Lackey and Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio both recently implied Thames is using performance-enhancing drugs, but Thames was tested immediately after last Monday’s game against the Cubs.