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MLB Trade Rumors: New York Yankees Discussing Oakland A's Kevin Kouzmanoff

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 01:  Kevin Kouzmanoff #5 of the Oakland Athletics in action against the New York Yankees at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on June 1, 2011 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Bronx Baseball DailySenior Analyst IJuly 18, 2011

The Yankees are apparently concerned about Eduardo Nunez filling in for Alex Rodriguez at third because of his poor defense and have discussed making a deal with the Athletics for third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff, according to George King of the NY Post.

A-Rod will be out at least 3-to-5 more weeks and Nunez has been an absolute butcher this season, already racking up 12 errors in part-time play.

Kouzmanoff was demoted to the minors after hitting just .221 with a .615 OPS but has done well in Triple-A. In 28 games since being demoted, he has a .300 average with a .911 OPS.

He certainly wouldn’t be able to replace A-Rod’s bat, but his defense will be a huge upgrade over that of Nunez. Last year, Kouzmanoff had a 16.1 UZR.


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