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Anderson Traded to Red Sox for Kotsay

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Mario Scalise

The White Sox and Red Sox have swapped recently designated outfielders' Brian Anderson and Mark Kotsay. The Sox have also received cash considerations in the deal.

The 33-year-old Kotsay, who is a career .281 hitter, batted .257 in 27 games with the Red Sox, spending most of that time at first base. He was designated for assignment last week after acquiring Adam LaRouche in a trade with the Pirates. While Kotsay was used primarily at first, he has played over 1,000 games in centerfield.

It's unsure what Kotsay's immediate role will be, but chances are he'll be put on the 25-man roster, which means someone will have to go.

The options:

Josh Fields - With Kotsay serving more as first-baseman and Beckham and Nix solidifying third and the utility role respectively, Fields could become part of another deal.

DeWayne Wise - If they felt he was better than Brian Anderson because of the speed he brings, then surely they can't remove him for Kotsay.

A Pitcher! - In a logical world, Guillen will see that there is no need for seven relievers. Still, this is doubtful.

As for Brian Anderson ... he wanted out and he got his wish ... he is now on the Boston Red Sox, which is the perfect team for a guy that wants to win, not the perfect team for a guy like Anderson that wants a chance to start. Change of scenary, same situation.

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JimH. said:

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Expect Josh Fields to either get optioned to AAA or traded. Kotsay has been hobbled a lot and his best position these days is 1B. Not outfield although he can play there occasionally.

Jason Gage said:

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Jim, I think we'll see Fields get moved if the Sox can get enough value for him or at least a player that intrigues them with upside who might need the change of scenery (I think former 1st rounder for a former 1st rounder type of scenario).

They might even be able to dangle him along with another player for a reliever the Sox covet.

Kotsay should provide the Sox with a nice bat off the bench who can contribute at 1st and in the corner OF's.

JimH. said:

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Jason, what you said is exactly what they are trying to do based on what I am hearing. Williams, as expected, has his oars in the water on lots of things right now. The team is two games out, he wants to win but he will not give up the really good minor leaguers unless it's a perfect scenario. I'm watching this Jeff Clement scenario out of Seattle closely. There may be a matchup there (Fields) but KW and Hahn want to land an arm. As for Anderson, KW said this morning he would rather have kept Brian but he promised him he'd move him which he did. I wish Brian the best, he is a nice young man but as you have correctly stated, he has a whole in his swing the size of the Grand Canyon.

Mario Scalise said:

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Yeah. He'll probably be involved in a bust-for-bust type trade with Fields, along the lines of Borchard/Thornton.

Mario Scalise said:

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That last comment I made was confusing. I'm thinking Fields will be dealt for another top prospect gone bad. Not sure he'll serve any purpose down in the minors, unless they feel he can pad his stats and confuse another organization that he can hit a major league fastball.

Perhaps some team, somewhere sees something the White Sox haven't and can turn him into something, but it's doubtful he becomes anything more than what he is now, a backup corner infielder.

MLBfan said:

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Same situation, I'm not so sure. I could see, Boston including Ellsbury in the trade for Halladay, BA would be the new CF for the Red Sox.

Jason Gage said:

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I’m not so certain that Boston is acquiring BA with the mind-set of moving Ellsbury and making BA the starter. There really isn’t anything BA has done over the past couple seasons which would indicate that he’s anything but a 4th outfielder. A change of scenery might help and maybe he eventually hits his way into a starters role but Boston would be very foolish, imo, to trade Ellsbury because of Brian Anderson.

MLBfan said:

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You are probably correct, but I would love to see BA contribute in a positive way for his new team. Whether it was deserved or not, I think the White Sox gave him too hard of a time. There was a lot of pressure taking over for Aaron Rowand. KW stated, in an interview, that telling Rowand he was not returning to the WS was the hardest thing he ever had to do as a GM. Good Luck BA!!!! I'll always be rooting for you.

MLBfan said:

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I could even see, BA being happy as the 4th outfielder for BOS. At least, he gets away from Ozzie.

webegeek said:

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Anderson always reminded me of a young Dwight Evans who could field and throw but not hit. Then Evans got his stance, swing and approach changed in the Lau method and became one hell of a ballplayer for the next dozen years.

Here is hoping Anderson has the same fortune of a hitting coach who can flatten the bat and teach him to smack line drives all over the park.

Jason Gage said:

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I wish Brian Anderson the best of luck, but I'll compare him to a former Cub who was known for his defensive prowess, Darren Lewis.

A new hitting coach and perspective could be what Brian needs. And just to be clear, that isn't me knocking on Greg Walker, more just stating how some guys need to hear a new voice.

Look at the Sox for example, they've reaped the benefit on Matt Thornton, Bobby Jenks (lesser extent, he had injury and attitude issues with the Angels), and Gavin Floyd.

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