Mark Kotsay is smart enough to know that the Red Sox needed offensive help. He just didn’t think he would be the man sacrificed to get it.
"I would say no,’’ Kotsay said by phone a short time ago when asked if he foresaw being the odd man out after the club acquired Adam LaRoche in a trade on Wednesday. "Obviously, through the process of evaluating the club and understanding that offensively we weren’t getting the job done, their making a move for a bat didn’t surprise me. Getting caught up in the situation was more unexpected, I think.’’
Added Kotsay: "I’d like to keep playing [elsewhere] if the right opportunity presents itself. I think through the time I was with the club, I don’t think my name was written in the lineup just [for the sake of it]. I think I have something left. I think if you asked Tito that he’d agree."
Kotsay said he left Fenway Park yesterday after receiving the news from the club to return home to his wife and three children in their Boston-area apartment. The Kotsays were packing, said the player, and were planning to return to their San Diego-area home immediately before determining their next step.
Obviously, we’ll have more in tomorrow’s print editions.