The Red Sox, in dire need of backup in their outfield with J.D. Drew headed for the 15-day disabled list, acquired Mark Kotsay from the Braves in exchange for Minor League outfielder Luis Sumoza.
Sumoza, 20, was hitting .301 with 11 homers and 38 RBIs in 51 games with Single-A Lowell in 2008. He was in his fifth season with the Boston organization after being signed as a non-drafted free agent in July 2004.
Kotsay, who was signed by Florida in the first round of the 1996 amateur draft, spent time with the Marlins, Padres, A’s and Braves before coming to Boston. He’s a career .282 hitter with 109 homers and 597 RBIs in 1,427 career games.
He’s batting .289 with six home runs and 37 RBIs in 81 games this season. Kotsay, 32, is a strong left-handed hitter versus right-handers (.305 lifetime average) and is a strong outfielder — having not committed an error in 176 chances this season.