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Billy Beane has reportedly stolen Kevin Kouzmanoff from the San Diego Padres for outfielders Scott Hairston and Aaron Cunningham, which has some posters buzzing about another opportunity missed by the Orioles for no apparent reason.

Can't disagree, though we'll have to wait and see what Andy MacPhail has to say about the situation. I predicted at the Winter Meetings that Kouzmanoff would be the starting third baseman for the Orioles on Opening Day, and I don't have a clue why he won't be after seeing what the A's gave up to get him.

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Maybe the Padres were holding out for one of the Orioles top prospects, or maybe Andy is so completely sold on Josh Bell that he didn't to muddy up the third base picture, but that doesn't make a lot of sense to me. There are a lot of worse things than arriving in 2011 with two good third basemen.

Kouzmanoff isn't a be-all player. He put up good offensive numbers last year and set an NL record for fielding percentage at third base, but he's known more for his terrific hands and unorthodox fielding mechanics than his range, which is limited. But he would have been a huge upgrade for the Orioles and he would have allowed them to play Garrett Atkins at first base, which apparently is what they want to do.

Still, before you get all riled up, we better wait and see exactly what MacPhail ends up doing to address the other corner infield opening. He has been so quiet recently (in part, because he's been at the owners meetings in Arizona) that a lot of people are wondering if he has something up his sleeve.

Radio, radio: I'm heading over to WBAL to join Pete Gilbert at one during the special five-hour playoff edition of Sportsline. We'll be ramping up to tonight's game and you can join in the conversation at WBAL (1090AM) or online at WBAL.com.

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