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A’s claim third baseman Edwin Encarnacion off waivers, what’s next for Kouzmanoff?

More news from the A’s transaction wire today … They claimed third baseman Edwin Encarnacion off waivers from Toronto, signaling that Kevin Kouzmanoff’s status is in limbo after one year as the starter at third. Encarnacion hit just .244 last season but popped 21 homers with 51 RBIs in just 96 games. That homer total would have led the A’s last season (Kouzmanoff had a team-high 16 homers). Encarnacion spent a short spell in the minors and also had two DL stints for shoulder and wrist injuries, accounting for his lower number of games played.

I asked A’s assistant GM David Forst if he considered Encarnacion a candidate to start at third. “I think we’re probably (three) months away from spring training. We obviously have him and Kooz on the roster right now. We have to make some decisions,” Forst said.

Those decisions figure to come quickly, as Dec. 2 is the deadline for teams to offer contracts to their arbitration-eligible players. Kouzmanoff and Encarnacion, 27, both are up for arbitration. Kouzmanoff made $3.1 million last season and Encarnacion made $4.75 million. Both play third base and both hit right-handed, so I don’t see the A’s keeping both players. Is a trade for Kouzmanoff in the future? We’ll find out …

Joe Stiglich

  • dale

    my guess would be they keep them both and have one DH instead of getting a true DH this is just classic A’s lol at least they making moves but seems to me just the wrong ones

  • Willie

    They A’s have apparently finished buying up every mediocre outfielder and have moved on to the infield.

  • Ray

    The A’s have plenty of speed in the outfield/infield now. decent batting. Would have Kouz or Edwin move over to shortstop. Tejada did it for a while. they need to play more small ball. Steal alot of bases. Home runs are good but playing smarter ball will win games. Stop relying on one big bat. Those are the ones that strike out most of the time. If they are going to get a big bat get someone that will make the fans show up at the games. Having a bunch of no name guys is good and all but won’t bring any money for future payrolls.