Mark Kotsay is on his way to filling Andruw Jones' spot in the Atlanta Braves' outfield, at least for this season... or until he hurts himself.
The Braves reached a preliminary agreement this weekend to nab the injury-plagued outfielder from the Oakland Athletics for reliever Joey Devine and some cold, hard cash, once Kotsay passes a physical and the commissioner's office approves the amount of money involved with the trade.
Suffering through back problems much of last season after having part of a herniated disk removed from his lower back, Kotsay hit .214 with one home run and 20 RBIs in 56 games with the A's. The 32-year-old career .282 hitter, who has 11 notches in his big league belt, will most likely be a temporary solution until Jordan Schafer is ready to make his climb to the majors.
Devine, 24, was 1-0 with a 1.08 ERA in 10 games -- 8.1 innings -- for the Braves last season, striking out seven, but walking eight. In the minors, the righty was 5-4 with an impressive 1.89 ERA and 20 saves between AA Mississippi and AAA Richmond in 2007.
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