BOSTON - OCTOBER 16:  Mark Kotsay #11 of the Boston Red Sox reacts after scoring the the tying run in the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays in game five of the American League Championship Series during the 2008 MLB playoffs at Fenway Park on October 16, 2008 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

With the acquisition of Adam LaRoche earlier in the week, the Boston Red Sox needed to make room on their 25-man roster for him. Unfortunately for Mark Kotsay, this means he’s now out of a job.

The Red Sox announced this afternoon that they have placed Kotsay on waivers designated Kotsay for assignment. The Red Sox now have 10 days to trade him or release him.  Kotsay was signed for $1.5 million before the season.

In 27 games, Kotsay was hitting just .257 with 1 home run and 5 RBIs. He missed the first two months of the season after undergoing back surgery before spring training.

It’s a shame that it had to be Kotsay to go but it was probably between him and Baldelli to lose their job. With Rocco being a right-handed hitter and LaRoche a lefty, the Red Sox decided to keep the righty bat on the bench.