Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Red Sox Close to Adding Kotsay

After receiving the news that All-Star J.D. Drew is headed to the DL, the Red Sox moved quickly and are close to adding Braves centerfielder Mark Kotsay.  The veteran, known as much for his defensive prowess as his oft-injured back, is batting .289 this season, coincidentally the same clip at which Drew was hitting prior to his injury.  While Kotsay may be able to duplicate Drew's average, his power numbers fall well short of Drew's level of production.  Compared to 19 home runs and 64 RBIs for Drew, Kotsay has contributed only 6 and 37 respectively.  Kotsay has a limited no-trade clause and Boston is making a concerted effort to convince him to waive it.