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The Sox traded Lowell to the Rangers so that they can pursue Beltre.

Or move Youkilis to 3rd and trade for Adrian Gonzalez :eek:

Also, a funny comment underneath the posting on MLBTraderumors.com

"The Astros crack me up. They're the kings of stopgaps."

Then what are we, the Czar of Stopgaps?

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This is from the Baltimore Sun article about thrid base..

Another of Scott Boras' clients, Joe Crede, is interested in playing in Baltimore, but his durability issues - he has played in fewer than 100 games three straight seasons - are likely too problematic for the Orioles to overlook.

Hopefully they won't overlook his woefully anemic OBP and won't sign him.

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I can't see K. either, not with Bell coming up next spring at the latest.

I'd save our trade chips for that major bat, first base and pitching. Let Wig have third till bell's ready. Could be during this season.

I don't want a butcher at 3B with all of our young pitching. Any advantage Wigginton has over someone like Feliz or Kouzmanoff with the bat is outweighed significantly by his shortcomings with the glove.

I don't really like Feliz or Kouz, and wouldn't give up much of anything to acquire Kouzmanoff, but if he can be had on the cheap he is certainly a better option than Wigginton. If I thought Bell was as close to the majors as Snyder is, I'd be fine with using Wigginton for a month or so, but I think Bell will need at least 2 and probably closer to 4 months at AAA.

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I see he hits a not-too-impressive 18-20 HR a year, and strikes out a ton. Does he play a gold glove 3B? His offensive numbers don't really jump out at me so much...

I've laid out the argument before, and I'll probably be accused of having a man crush, but whatever.

PetCo Park kills Kouzmanoff. He has a career .801 OPS away from San Diego.

He has worked hard to turn himself into an above average defender (+7.5 last year, positive trend).

He will be only 28 next year, making only ~2 MM, and will be under control for three more seasons.

Even with his offense suppressed by Petco, he has managed to be worth around 12 MM per year (~2.7 WAR) in each of his three full seasons in the majors.

He is a very solid stop gap on the cheap, and if one of Bell or Snyder does not develop as we hope, he is a good mid-term solution. Should Bell and Snyder both develop, Kouz will still be an attractive trade chip.

He just makes a ton of sense, with a good amount of upside, and is pretty undervalued IMO.

If, as it seemed from early rumors, he could be had for something like D. Hernandez, we should be all over it.

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I really like this move because it forces the O's hand a little bit here. It had been rumored that Feliz was their primary target as pretty much an all glove, no bat kind of

3B. Well now that he is off the board, the Orioles are going to have to upgrade 3B offensively. If we look at who is left via FA or trade the O's are probably going to end up with one of: Atkins, Kouzmanoff, DeRosa, or Uggla. And I think all of those options are better than Feliz was so I see this as a blessing in disguise and would think the O's will have their 3B signed before Christmas.

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The O's could have signed Feliz if they wanted him IMO. The fact that they didn't tells me they are confident they can get someone better. Perhaps Kouzmanof or maybe a surprise? I wouldn't put anything past AM. Remember our Cognoscenti have been telleing us we are getting Garland, Feliz, and Blalock. So far they are wrong 2 out of three.:rofl:

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