Tigers get Josh Anderson

The Tigers swung a trade for a speedy left-handed hitting outfielder, acquiring Josh Anderson from the Braves for reliever Rudy Darrow. Anderson lost out on Atlanta’s CF competition and is out of options, so he’ll open the season on the 25-man roster.

That pretty much solves the OF logjam. Dave Dombrowski said that another trade involving one of their outfielders is “possible, but not likely.”

23 Comments

Not the trade I expected!
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Good-bye to Raburn, Clevlen and Thomas now. Clete will have to be shaking his head when he hears about this one.
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At least they didn’t trade Fien.
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G-Man was dealin’ today. Good sign. I expected him to be rusty.
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Rough opening inning with the homer, but Galarraga did fairly well after that. He had his slider getting a lot of swings and misses.

One swing of the bat! Noticed he fanned the side i the 1st.
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Nice outings from Lyon?? and Rodney?

Raburn may still make it because Leyland is under the illusion that he can play the IF at 2B and 3B. Will Rhymes hasn’t gone away yet, either. JL has never, ever, ever carried less than two IF”ers on his bench.

Either Thames or Sheffield could be a goner now.

Wow, I go into DC for one day and all heck breaks loose. As many times as we’ve seen the Braves this spring, I don’t recall Mr. Anderson. The last thing I thought they’d pick up was another outfielder.
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Clete Thomas isn’t done yet. We have some aging outfielders on this team. I wonder what becomes of Clevlen. Jeff Larish can still be that second infielder.
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Don’t look now………but we’ve been getting some pretty good pitching as the spring has gone along. Could it be…………?
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–Rich

Wait a minute, how’s this work out? Counting Sheffield (positionally only), that makes six outfielders. That leaves no room for Larish or Raburn or anybody. There must be another trade in the works.
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–Rich

This trade makes absolutely no sense to me what so ever. Unless Rich as you mentioned that there is another trade in the works. Either Sheff is let go and Carlos or Maggs is moved to DH. Or Maggs or Carlos is traded. This seems crazy.

My initial reaction to this trade was “bad idea.” However, I’m warming up to it a little bit. I like that Anderson is a lefty and he can run. My assumption is that he is also a good defensive player (can anyone confirm?) If that’s the case, he could be inserted in late innings for Guillen and Ordonez and could be a nice upgrade on defense. He could also help manufacture runs late in a game by stealing a base or two. Those are two ingredients that the Tigers have lacked for quite some time.
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If we assume that Santiago and Treanor are on the team and that Thames has to be on the team (unless he’s traded), the other options for the fourth bench spot were:
– Clevlen: bats right handed and isn’t that fast.
– Larish: power lefty will be missed but he isn’t great on defense.
– Hessman: Bats right and wasn’t going to play despite good defense at 3rd.
– Raburn: Not that fast, bats right, and lacks a true defensive position.
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In short, this trade gives us a left handed bat with speed and defense. Our other bench options lacked these ingredients.
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I’m still concerned that if both Anderson and Thames make the team, we don’t have much infield flexibility. If we can trade Thames for some pitching and/or youth allowing us to keep Larish, then I would really like this trade.

Having not seen Anderson play (or didn’t notice if I did), it seems to be a good move. Yes, Larish was primed to make the team, but he’s another big bopper and we need speed. Anderson’s numbers are much better than Clevlen’s, who was probably out the door anyway. Clete Thomas is still in the organization.
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I’m not against the move, just confused by it, pending any further transactions. One thing to keep in mind is Anderson is 26 and we’ll be needing to replace Ordonez, Sheffield, and even Guillen in the next year or so. As of right now, I don’t see Thames being around at the end of this week. Good ol’ Marcus is popular, can carry the team for awhile, and is a good guy, but seems to get hurt nearly everytime he tries to make an athletic play in the outfield.
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The game is changing………………….
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–Rich

WOW….. Please tell me there is another trade in the works, otherwise I feel like we are throwing away young outfield talent when we could REALLY use a RELIABLE late innings guy.

Plus I really liked Larish and Rayburn…..i hope they still make the team!

I like the trade – a young lefty outfielder with great speed will never go astray and hopefully can develop his batting through 2009. Looks a good bench prospect at the very least and 2010 beckons with either Carlos or Maggs the next DH.
I think we should all say goodbye now to Thames at the very least. Unable to be traded, they will surely save over $1.5m of his $2.275m salary than keep him into the season.
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Good to see the pitchers continuing the recent form. I am surprised they are not exposing Rodney and Lyon to some late innings heat by now. Rincon and Perry continue to produce in these roles.
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Barring any calamitous outings, it looks like our starters will be in order of starts – JV, Edwin, Nate, Zach and GMan with Bonine retained for the long innings relief role. Porcello looks like being kept as the last piece of insurance. I like this scenario as bringing Porcello up early, and likely for only one or two starts until Bondo returns could mess up the young kid, particularly if he has a bad start.

Any word on what number Josh will be wearing?

There is something no one has mentioned yet. Josh Anderson as a lead-off man? His stats show he does not walk enough but he can steal a base. There have been some fans who wanted Granderson moved down in the lineup anyway. But you are right about another move. They can’t have 6 outfielders. I think Thames is the odd man out although he won’t bring much in the way of pitching. It just doesn’t look like they are ready to let Sheffield walk away with all those millions.

Opens up possibilities and precipitates player movement. This permits the eventual middle of the order spot that has Curtis written all over it.
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This could mean a possible trade of Ordonez. I think we’re stuck with Sheffield. I also think Thames is a possibility for the Phillies.
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Clevlen, Raburn, Thomas are minor leaguers again. At first blush, so is Larish, but this team still NEEDS a power LHB. Larish just might stick even with the addition of this speedy LHB. It does mean that Ordonez or Thames would have to go though.
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I’d consider Ordonez for Lidge and a prospect at this stage of Ordonez’ career. Gives us what we need and improves team speed and defense at the same time. As I have said all too often, Ordonez is on the wane.
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Unexpected trade but one that is going to help and shake things up a bit.

Do the Tigers ever trade with anyone besides the Braves or the Marlins? They must not have had any relievers for sale.

Maggs won’t DH- he wouldn’t even DH in the WBC to give his teammate (Guillen) the opportunity to play left. I love Maggs as a player- but I would rather see him traded for a pitching stud than let Thames, Thomas or Raburn go for nothin’- which is what I fear.

-Tracey

That’s a very good point about Maggs not offering OF time to Guillen or even be willing to share it. I too, wondered about how committed Maggs is to the club when I heard that.
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This is the perfect (and maybe the last) time to off-load Ordonez. His value diminishes every day and with every DP he grounds into.
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Raburn will not likely be dealt with an option left. My guess is Thames. And if Thames goes Larish (deservedly) stays. Marcus deserves a shot and he also adds an extra dimension of being able to play 1st base. He’s probably better there then out in the field.
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Jason, how did Lyon look today? And, for that matter, Rodney too? I did notice that Lyon got a couple of ground balls and to me- that is what he needs to do.

Rodney looked good, mixing fastballs and changeups. To quote Leyland, “He got the message.” Lyon looked a lot more effective.

I like this trade by Dumbrowski. The Tigers got what they really need for a bench player – a speedy lefthanded outfielder who can play centerfield. It’s like he replaces Matt Joyce. Now I think they keep Larish on the team to back up 1st and 3rd base and he’s our lefthanded pinch hitter. Marcus Thames will probably be released on Wednesday. It will save them 1.3 million.

So Rodney is scrapping the slider? I seem to remember the staff last year wanting him to mix in more sliders? Do I remember wrong? It’s too early to hope, but is Rick Knapp actually having a positive effect?
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I’d trade Ordonez for Lidge in a heartbeat, but the Phillies wouldn’t fall for that. I’d forgotten (already) about Maggs refusing to DH for Venezuela. Thanks for reminding me, folks. That doesn’t shine a very good light on him. Seems that he took advantage of Guillen’s cooperative nature.
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The Tigers, this spring, have already been twice as interesting as last year’s team. Competition in camp and all.
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–Rich

If Thames is released, how does his contract play out? Poor ol’ Marcus, we’ve got him dead and buried already. :-)
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–Rich

This late in camp, Rodney’s slider has gone on the shelf.

As for the question on the contracts, basically divide Thames’ salary by about four and it’s about what the 45-day termination pay would be.

I was bewildered that Carlos wasn’t given the opportunity to play his new LF for Venezuala in any game. Even more bewildered to learn it was due to a team mate already playing out of position himself.
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I doubt Maggs is going anywhere with $51m due through to 2011 with a full no trade clause kicking in from 2010. I agree with Dan that Maggs is on the wane, but like with Willis, Nate, Bondo, Sheff and Inge, DD overpaid making any trade unlikely.
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Jason, thanks for the feedback on how Lyon went – your added comments are greatly appreciated. Your daily summaries supplementing the main stories are always of value.
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I understand the Tigers are only resposible for 25% of Thames 2009 pay provided they make the cut before April.

I say lets dump Sheffield…..he is not worth keeping on the pine and ruining rallies with his famous strike out or double play routine which we are so familiar with. I’d rather have Thames for his proven HR bat than Shef even though he is shaky in the outfield. Shef’s personality isn’t nearly as inviting as Thames, either.

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