Padres extend veteran outfielder Mark Kotsay through 2013


Mark Kotsay has posted a weak .275/.333/.363 batting line in 111 plate appearances this season and isn’t much of a defender at age 36, but Corey Brock of writes that Padres have been “impressed” with the veteran outfielder’s clubhouse presence and signed him Sunday to a contract extension that runs through the 2013 season.

No word yet on the financial terms of the new contract, though it’s doubtful to be overly lucrative.

Kotsay is earning $1.25 million here in 2012 as a bench bat and backup outfielder on a San Diego squad that is currently 13 games under the .500 mark. The 15-year MLB veteran has also played for the Marlins, Athletics, Braves, Red Sox, White Sox and Brewers.


UPDATE, 3:37 PM: CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman says the one-year extension is worth $1.3 million.

Bob Uecker is basically indestructible

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Tom Haurdicourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has a story about beloved Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker’s frighteningly eventful offseason that’s definitely worth a read.

The frightening part: Uecker got bit by a brown recluse spider last October. He didn’t realize it at first and happened to show the bite to a doctor a couple of days later. The doctor realized how serious it was — brown recluses can kill people — and Uecker was rushed off to surgery. He’s fine now, back in the Brewers booth and actually joking about the spider bite.

The incident, though, leads Haudricourt to chronicle all of Uecker’s health issues over the years and the list is fairly amazing. I mean, we’ve written about some of his more recent health issues on this site, but I was unaware of just how many potentially fatal ailments Uecker has dealt with and beat in the past 25-30 years or so. Not that he’s too fazed by it all:

“I know I’m lucky. I’ve had 11 major surgeries overall. But, through all of that stuff, I made some unbelievable friends. All those doctors at Froedtert [Hospital]. We’re all friends now. So, a lot of good came out of it.”

That’s quite the perspective.

Uecker is 84. Counting his playing career he’s entering his 63rd year in baseball. He’s still one of the best, if not the best, broadcasters going. Thank goodness he wasn’t stopped by a spider of all things. Here’s hoping he keeps going for many more years to come.