Brian Anderson Traded to the Red Sox
July 28, 2009 by Stephen Kersey
On Tuesday, the Chicago White Sox and the Boston Red Sox completed a trade of struggling players. The Red Sox traded Mark Kotsay to the White Sox and Boston received Brian Anderson.
Anderson is a center fielder who never really put it all together for the White Sox. He’s played parts of the last five seasons with the White Sox while showing minimal success at the plate. In fact, his .238 batting average this year was a career-best. He also has two homers, 13 RBIs and 25 runs on the season.
Considering that Anderson is still only 27 years old and scouts believe he has considerable natural skill, the Red Sox are gambling that he’ll be able to figure it all out at some point in the relatively near future.
As for the White Sox, they are adding a veteran in Kotsay who should be able to help right away. He began this year on the disabled list and never could get into a rhythm. He’s hitting just .257 with one homer and five RBIs in 74 at-bats. The 33-year-old has been in the bigs since 1997. For his career, he has 110 homers, 614 RBIs and 713 runs to go along with a .281 batting average and a .336 on-base percentage.
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