Padres Shopping Kouzmanoff

Eli GreenspanSenior Analyst IMay 25, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - APRIL 17: Kevin Kouzmanoff #5 of the San Diego Padres breaks his bat hitting a foul ball during the game against the Philadelphia Phillies on April 17, 2009 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times said in a recent article that the Padres have expressed a willingness to move third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff. Kouzmanoff would fill the void left by Aramis Ramirez, who will be out for six to eight weeks after separating his shoulder. Kouzmanoff is hitting .236 with four home runs in 42 games this season, and is a .260 career hitter.

Kouzmanoff shouldn't cost more than a pitching prospect or two, but I doubt the Cubs make a move for him. Even though the Cubs appear to be falling apart, it looks like they will ride this out and hope for a second half resurgence of Aramis Ramirez. Both Milton Bradley and Geovanny Soto have shown no signs of a turnaround, and Derek Lee is hitting just .248 with five home runs. It might be time to get Jake Peavy, it might be time to call up Jake Fox. If the Cubs do not turn things around this homestand, there should be some changes to the roster.

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