OAKLAND, CA - MAY 18: Kevin Kouzmanoff #5 of the Oakland Athletics singles in two runs in the second inning against the Minnesota Twins at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on May 18, 2011 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Earlier this afternoon, Adam wondered how the Rockies might fill their third base position going forward, listing off numerous possibilities. We may have a better idea now, though, as the Rockies announced this afternoon that they've acquired third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff and cash considerations from the Oakland A's for a player to be named later.
Kouzmanoff, 30, lost his starting job with the Athletics earlier this season, and he's been in the minor leagues with Triple-A Sacramento for a while now. He was a solid starter in each of the past four years though, developing into a plus defender at the position even while his offensive numbers deteriorated. He's still an above-average defender according to the metrics, and it's worth noting that he hit .295/.332/.539 with 13 homers in 60 games for Sacramento, so he's not completely done as a hitter.
Presumably, Kouzmanoff will compete with Ian Stewart for the full-time third base job next year unless the Rockies trade or non-tender one of the two. The Athletics likely won't get a major prospect back in return, but I would say that there's a decent chance that the Rockies gave up something more than an organizational player.