White Sox waste no time in using Kotsay
Versatile player starts at first one day after joining team
MINNEAPOLIS -- Where continuing his 13-year, Major League career was concerned, Mark Kotsay didn't have any preference between American League or National League teams after being designated for assignment by Boston on July 24.
"I just wanted the uniform and to be given an opportunity to try and win a World Series," said Kotsay, after hitting in the cage for the first time as part of the White Sox prior to Wednesday's series finale at the Metrodome.
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen wasted little time using Kotsay, 33, starting him at first against southpaw Brian Duensing and hitting him sixth. Kotsay will be worked in liberally throughout the outfield, as well as occasionally spelling designated hitter Jim Thome.
"Just my versatility will help the club," Kotsay said. "That's kind of the role I had in Boston that was unfortunately phased out, but like I said, I landed here in a great spot where, yeah, they want my versatility. I've been around for a little while, so hopefully I can help out in any way."
In 27 games for the Red Sox in 2009, Kotsay batted .257 with one homer and five RBIs. He came to the White Sox, along with cash considerations, in exchange for outfielder Brian Anderson on Tuesday.
Kotsay wouldn't classify the trade as coming out of nowhere after he was designated. But he did admit to some element of surprise when talking about the move on Wednesday.
"My expectations weren't very high," Kotsay said. "You get designated, you really have a lot of emotion to deal with. It was the first time in my career I got designated.
"It was a bad situation, not with the Red Sox, but with what transpired there. I feel fortunate that another club has given me an opportunity to come in and help, and especially this club, which is in playoff contention."
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.