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With Adam LaRoche coming to the Red Sox, something had to give. Apparently, that was Mark Kotsay, who was designated for assignment Friday. The Sox now have 10 days to trade or release him.
Kotsay, 33, is hitting .257 one home run and five RBI in 27 games. The Red Sox have really struggled at the plate since the All-Star Break and needed offense. Sadly for Kotsay, he was sacrificed when he was squeezed out.
“I would say no,’’ Kotsay said by phone to the Globe when asked if he foresaw being the odd man out after the club acquired LaRoche. “Obviously, through the process of evaluating the club and understanding that offensively we weren’t getting the job done, their making a move for a bat didn’t surprise me. Getting caught up in the situation was more unexpected, I think.’’
With Kotsay gone, Nick Green will serve as the team’s fifth outfielder behind the three starters and fourth OF Rocco Baldelli.
Reaction: Kotsay was good with the glove and popular in the clubhouse, but for now he’s gone. If I were a team in a pennant race, I would definitely snag him, because he brings so much to a playoff squad.