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LaRoche trade could push Kotsay out

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Between Kevin Youkilis, Mike Lowell, David Ortiz and Adam LaRoche, the Red Sox have the corner infield positions and designated hitter settled.

So what about Mark Kotsay?

It seems like Kotsay, who has proven most valuable over the past year or so as a backup first baseman, could be the guy out the door with LaRoche coming in from Pittsburgh. While Kotsay is versatile and could also play the outfield, he's not the same player as he used to be out there. LaRoche, also, has a much better bat than Kotsay.

Per the Red Sox notebook in the Globe:

"We’ve had discussions,’’ Kotsay said. "I really don’t want to talk about that, but like I said, the organization is going to make some decisions and I think that’s been addressed by Theo and we’ll let it play out.

"Obviously you always have a concern any time you’re a role player on a club and they make an acquisition. For a player, you realize it could lie in your future. The cards could play out unexpectedly and if that’s the case, that’s the reality of the business. You deal with it and you move forward.’’

I'll be the first to admit that when the Sox acquired Kotsay, I wasn't too thrilled. I knew Kotsay didn't bring all that much to the table. But then once he was a Sox, he started to do certain things well. He wasn't the best player on the field, but he seemed to fill the gaps. He's kind of the Dave McCarty of the new generation: he doesn't do anything great, but he does it all good enough to get the job done.

So long, Mark. It's been a nice ride. But at this point, the Sox just need something more.