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Mariners Want Kouzmanoff To Replace Beltre, Won't Trade Yet

DENVER - APRIL 29:  Third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff #5 of the San Diego Padres throws out a runner against the Colorado Rockies during MLB action at Coors Field on April 29, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies defeated the Padres 7-5.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Anthony EmersonAnalyst IJuly 2, 2009

According to multiple reports, the Seattle Mariners want to acquire San Diego Padres third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff.

The Mariners are in need of a third baseman after the major blow dealt by a severe injury to power hitting M's third baseman Adrian Beltre. Apparently, the Mariners are in a wait-and-see approach, waiting to pounce on the trade market. Seattle would likely trade a part of its starting pitching tandem, Jarrod Washburn or Erik Bedard.

So far this season, Kouzmanoff is hitting .239 with 10 home runs and 40 RBIs. Kouzmanoff has a .278 OBP and 68 hits in 74 games.

Washburn is 4-6 with a 3.36 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. Bedard is currently on the 15-day disabled list. So far this season, he is 5-2 with a 2.47 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.

If this trade goes down, it would definently be a win for the Padres. Getting a pitching talent like Washburn or Bedard on the pitching-light San Diego roster would pay dividends for the Padres. The Mariners are just getting a rent-a-player.

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