Red Sox Acquire Anderson from White Sox for Kotsay


Jul 28, 2009

After designating Mark Kotsay for assignment on July 24, the Red Sox decided to trade the outfielder to the White Sox for outfielder Brian Anderson on Tuesday. Anderson will be optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket, Red Sox executive vice president and general manager Theo Epstein announced.

Anderson, 27, hit .238 with two home runs and 13 RBIs in 65 games for the White Sox this season. He started 49 games in center field and six games in right field before being sent to Triple-A Charlotte on July 20.

In 334 career games, Anderson has a .225 batting average with 20 home runs and 75 RBIs. He holds a .991 career fielding percentage, ranking ninth among AL outfielders with at least 300 games played since 2005.

Kotsay, 33, hit .257 with one home run and five RBIs in 27 games for the Red Sox after starting the season on the disabled list following back surgery. Kotsay was signed as a free agent by the Red Sox on January 15, 2009 after being traded to the Red Sox from the Braves near the end of the 2007 season.

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