Gordon Edes, now of Yahoo!, wrote tonight the Mark Kotsay to the Red Sox deal is complete ... but it hasn't been confirmed:
The Boston Red Sox acquired outfielder Mark Kotsay from the Atlanta BravesT on Tuesday night pending a physical, according to a baseball source with knowledge of the deal. The Braves will receive a minor-league pitcher in return.
The Red Sox acquired Kotsay, who had cleared waivers, as outfield insurance. Earlier Tuesday they placed right-fielder J.D. Drew on the 15-day disabled list with a herniated disk in his back.
Kotsay, 32, is batting .289 with six home runs and 37 RBIs in 318 at-bats this season. The Red Sox will be his fifth team in his 12-year career.
Officials from both teams would not confirm that the deal was complete.
I don't really see this trade as anything special. It hurts that JD Drew is out, but bringing in Kotsay won't make a huge impact. He's just a body. Why can't we get someone that can maybe hit for a little power? We already have Coco Crisp and Jacoby Ellsbury in the lineup, why not an older slugger?