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Oakland wants Kennedy back

He may not have been very popular either in the clubhouse or with a lot of the fans by the time he left St. Louis. But Adam Kennedy made a good impression last season in Oakland.

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Adam Kennedy showed a lot more fight during his stint with the Angels. But the Athletics want him back anyway.

According to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Athletics consider re-signing Kennedy to be a top priority even though he mostly played third base last season and Oakland plans to give former Cardinals prospect Brett Wallace -- picked up in the Matt Holliday trade -- a chance to play there in 2010.

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Kennedy hit .289 with 11 homers in 129 games with Oakland after being released by the Cardinals before spring training. He was originally picked up by the Rays, but couldn't crack the major league roster and was again set free, eventually penning a deal with the A's.

He hit .280 with only two homers and 36 RBI in 208 with St. Louis. But Kennedy was already in Tony La Russa's dog house after batting .219 in 2007 when he groused about not getting enough playing time to secure his ticket out of town.

The time with the Cardinals was Kennedy's second tour of duty with the club. He played 33 games for St. Louis in 1999 before being shipped to the Angels with Kent Bottenfield for Jim Edmonds, one of the best trades of the Walt Jocketty era.