This move has been confirmed by Scott Reifert. Anderson requested a trade after being sent to AAA last week. Mark Kotsay really does nothing for me…he will be 34 in a few months and wasn’t able to catch on with the Red Sox. The Sox have much more important things to worry about and this just feels like a move that was made for the sake of making a move. It’ll be interesting to see what roster moves the Sox make in lieu of this news. Kotsay would probably be an OF and/or 1B backup, which have been roles for Dewayne Wise and Josh Fields in recent times.
In a way, I feel good for Anderson. He was never given the chance to prove himself when he was supposed to be the CF three years ago (and forced to platoon with other players every year); it also seems like Ozzie Guillen had a personal vendetta with the guy. Guillen was out of line when he threw Anderson’s name out in a media tirade a few years ago. Boston is getting a good defender and good clubhouse personality. Anderson has struggled at the plate over the years, but he will hit a few home runs whenever he gets a chance to play regularly.