Padres trade Barfield for Kouzmanoff, Brown
Kevin Kouzmanoff
Kevin Kouzmanoff

Posted Nov 8, 2006


The San Diego Padres traded second baseman Josh Barfield to the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday for third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff and right-handed pitcher Andrew Brown.

"I had no idea I was even being considered to be traded," Barfield said. "It took me by surprise. It's starting to sink in now, and I'm realizing it's going to be a better situation for me.

"I've talked to some guys and they said it is a good ballpark to hit in and the ball carries the other way when the weather warms up. I like to take the ball to right field so that plays to my strength."

No other player, of the thousands who have appeared in a major-league baseball game, ever did what Kevin Kouzmanoff did -- hit the very first pitch he saw in his career for a grand slam.

Only two others ever hit a grand slam in their first at-bat -- Florida's Jeremy Hermida last year and the Phillies' Bill Duggleby way back in 1898. The only other player to hit a grand slam in his first big-league game was the late Bobby Bonds in 1968 for the Giants.

"That's pretty cool," Kouzmanoff told reporters.

In 94 games between Double-A Akron and Triple-A Buffalo in 2006, Kouzmanoff hit a combined .379 with 22 homers and 75 RBI.

Kouzmanoff becomes the favorite to take over the third base job in San Diego.

Andrew Brown was originally drafted by Atlanta in 6th round of the 1999 MLB Draft and was subsequently dealt to the L.A. Dodgers with OF Brian Jordan and LHP Odalis Perez for OF Gary Sheffield in 2002. He was then dealt to Cleveland with OF Franklin Gutierrez for OF Milton Bradley in 2004.

"We gave up a lot," Cleveland general manager Mark Shapiro said. "We gave up players we liked. No trade is an easy trade. But it's a player we're very happy to get." Brown went 5-4 with five saves and a 2.60 ERA in Triple-A Buffalo this past year, holding the opposition to a .228 average. He is 28-30 in his minor league career with a 3.66 ERA over 165 games. In nine relief appearances in the majors, Brown went 0-0 with a 3.60 ERA, making his debut with Cleveland in 2006.

Barfield hit .280 with 32 doubles, three triples, 13 homers and 58 RBI's in 150 games as a rookie for the San Diego Padres. He also stole 21 bases and scored 72 runs.

"It is going to be a big challenge," Barfield said. "The second half of this year, I was feeling more comfortable facing pitchers for a second a third time after facing pitchers a couple times. A new league is almost like starting over, learning pitchers again."

Chuck Murr contributed to this story.



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