Anderson traded; Kotsay acquired

Brian Anderson got his wish to be traded, and in the process, the White Sox apparently have added a valuable veteran piece to their bench for the playoff push over the next two months.

Anderson, 27, was traded to Boston in exchange for Mark Kotsay and cash considerations on Tuesday. Kotsay, 33, is a .281 hitter with 110 home runs and 614 RBIs over 13 Major League seasons. He batted .257 with one homer and five RBIs in 27 games for the Red Sox in 2009 before being designated for assignment on July 24.

Kotsay’s arrival now makes either Dewayne Wise or Josh Fields expendable for Chicago. Kotsay ranks third among all Major League outfielders with his 113 assists since the start of the 1998 season, trailing Bobby Abreu (117) and Vladimir Guerrero (115), but also can back-up Paul Konerko at first base.

Of even greater importance is Kotsay’s .373 career average as a pinch-hitter, an extremely weak area for the White Sox at present. Wise had been serving as a defensive replacement and a left-handed hitting reserve outfielder, while Fields had been spelling both Jim Thome at designated hitter and Konerko at first base.

It was just five days ago when Anderson told MLB.com that he would like to be traded so he could get a fresh start at playing regularly somewhere else. For the moment, that start doesn’t look as if it will come in Boston, as the White Sox top pick in the 2003 First-Year Player Draft will be sent to the Minors. He hit .238 with two home runs and 13 RBIs in 65 games before being optioned to Triple-A Charlotte on July 20. Anderson is a career .225 hitter, with 20 homers and 75 RBIs in 334 games.

3 Comments

I think the sox got a very good veteran utility man and having a lefty bat coming off the bench is key for the club. Maybe sitting Thome a little more and dh Pauly with a little better defense at 1st. Im going to miss BA, I really think he is going to be a very good center fielder. I will never understand sending him down because of his career .238 average and keeping Wise, a career .208 hitter.

Anderson was better than Wise. Hopefully, he will get a chance to show what he can do. Wise has already shown us he is only good “once in a while”. Why keep him and trade a much better player. Now they have traded Richard and three others for an injured player! Why?

B-A is a very good defensive player and an exact opposite offensive hitter. I read his blog after the 2008 season and I gathered he had no immediate desire about becoming a better offensive hitter. His lackadaisical presence about what he thought was successful and where or how the team failed in certain areas just baffled me. He showed a little too much cockiness and complained more than he produced … if he’s wondering why he was demoted. Now, I was surprised it was he and not Wise who was sent to Triple-A. However, we all know what Wise contributed the following few days. I wish Brian well – I will miss his solid defense for the White Sox – but for him to make it sound like the Sox were giving up on him, is ridiculous. His 20 career HRs and 75 RBI in 330+ games for a CF who had a LOT of at-bats as a starter for a guy who is in tremendous shape – is VERY disappointing for a guy who was handed a CF job in 2006. He does have better #’s than Wise – which is why I was surprised he was dumped and not Wise. Now, Kotsay for Anderson …? Who knows. A career .373 pinch-hitter … GOOD. Hopefully Kotsay will have that Geoff Blum impact at some point. GO SOX

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