Dodgers Agree To Terms With Garret Anderson

The Dodgers have agreed to terms with Garret Anderson on a minor-league deal that will be worth $550K if he makes the team. The 37-year-old can opt out of his contract if he doesn't find himself on the Dodgers' major league roster by a certain date. 

Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times first reported the news and tweeted details; Jon Heyman of SI.com also added contract details (via Twitter).

Anderson, 37, hit .268/.303/.401 in 534 plate appearances with the Braves last season.  UZR/150 had him at 16.5 runs below average in left field in 2009 – strictly backup material at this point in his career.  The Dodgers signed five other outfielders to minor league deals this winter: Alfredo Amezaga, Brian Barton, Brian Giles, Prentice Redman, and Michael Restovich.


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5 years 5 months ago

WA-WA-WA-HUH?!?!

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

Congratulations Dodgers…You Off-Season has become very hard to understand. But this signing I like more than Reed Johnson and Brian Giles.

I’m Really a huge Garret Anderson fan!!!!

lakersdodgersyankees4life
5 years 5 months ago

But Garret cant hit and cant field… except for being a good clubhouse guy, what the hell will he do for us? Nothing

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

He can still hit. Certainly an upgrade over Reed Johnson and Brian Giles.

lakersdodgersyankees4life
5 years 5 months ago

701 OPS and 714 OPS? Um, no he really cant..

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

I said an upgrade over Giles and Johnson.

Yeah you are right though, his OPS is terrible and his ISO isn’t great but the guy is 37 or 38. He did a well enough job (playing in the field) every day for the Braves last season to not be benched or released.

I just have confidence in Anderson. I think he could easily hit .280 in 300 some odd at bats even if his OPS+ is -1.00.

You can’t deny the undeniable fact that he is an upgrade over several of the other Dodgers minor league signings.

bleedDODGERblue
5 years 5 months ago

I hope this guy doesn’t manage to get 300 at bats with the Dodger’s..

bleedDODGERblue
5 years 5 months ago

I hope this guy doesn’t manage to get 300 at bats with the Dodger’s..

lakersdodgersyankees4life
5 years 5 months ago

while his bat may be better than Johnson, Johnson’s ability to play 3 OF positions, and play them not nearly as bad as Anderson counters what Anderson brings, IMO..

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

alright ill take that.

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

alright ill take that.

lakersdodgersyankees4life
5 years 5 months ago

while his bat may be better than Johnson, Johnson’s ability to play 3 OF positions, and play them not nearly as bad as Anderson counters what Anderson brings, IMO..

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

I said an upgrade over Giles and Johnson.

Yeah you are right though, his OPS is terrible and his ISO isn’t great but the guy is 37 or 38. He did a well enough job (playing in the field) every day for the Braves last season to not be benched or released.

I just have confidence in Anderson. I think he could easily hit .280 in 300 some odd at bats even if his OPS+ is -1.00.

You can’t deny the undeniable fact that he is an upgrade over several of the other Dodgers minor league signings.

lakersdodgersyankees4life
5 years 5 months ago

701 OPS and 714 OPS? Um, no he really cant..

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

He’s a pretty average hitter (I can not stress how close to average he’s been over the past few years), who can not walk. But you know what you’re going to get with him; he really never hits bad… although he is getting old.He can’t run or field though.I like Reed Johnson more, I think he has more of a use. His average is always great against lefties, he can run pretty good (doesn’t steal much), and is a good fielder, with a good arm, at all 3 outfield positions.Brian Giles on the other hand…

alxn
5 years 5 months ago

I think you’re giving him too much credit, but I will agree about the (small) value that comes with his consistency.

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

He can still hit. Certainly an upgrade over Reed Johnson and Brian Giles.

lakersdodgersyankees4life
5 years 5 months ago

But Garret cant hit and cant field… except for being a good clubhouse guy, what the hell will he do for us? Nothing

filihok
5 years 5 months ago

It’s not hard to understand. We’re looking for a left-handed bench hitter.

Doug Eyechart, Giles, now Anderson who might actually be the best one

ivdown
5 years 5 months ago

So…we have Reed Johnson…Brian Giles…and now Garrett Anderson…all after making sure to resign Repko…

I’m confused.

billreef
5 years 5 months ago

As a Braves fan, I would saw my arm off before I would ever sign this guy to anything. He dogs it on the bases and on the field. He NEVER hits in the clutch(.230 BA w/ RISP). What is the point? He was pretty good once but is just cashing paychecks?

bleedDODGERblue
5 years 5 months ago

Why..?

JasonHeywardIsGod
5 years 5 months ago

LOL @ GARRET ANDERSON, sorry that’s all i have to
lol @ braves for having him out last year, we really should’ve just given brandon jones a shot over this clown who has no heart
hopefully he doesnt reach majors and if he does nothing more than a pinch hitter
seeing him out on the field is bad news. Have fun Dodgers!

bleedDODGERblue
5 years 5 months ago

He’s not going to we have Manny, Kemp, and Ethier

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

Seriously? How does he have no heart?

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

Seriously? How does he have no heart?

JasonHeywardIsGod
5 years 5 months ago

You must have not watched the Braves game, he was lackadaisical out there he didn’t even run hard on some of those balls over his head and he looked like he was just there cashing in the money, plenty of Braves fan felt that way or maybe it was just me but I did not like his attitude at all

bjsguess
5 years 5 months ago

As someone who has seen GA play throughout his career I can say that this is a common misconception. Because he doesn’t grunt or show emotion people assume he doesn’t have passion. His teammates will tell you something different though. The guy cares and gives max effort. Unfortunately, he just isn’t any good … injuries and age have robbed him of his talent.

BentoBox
5 years 5 months ago

JD Drew is another example.

bjsguess
5 years 5 months ago

As someone who has seen GA play throughout his career I can say that this is a common misconception. Because he doesn’t grunt or show emotion people assume he doesn’t have passion. His teammates will tell you something different though. The guy cares and gives max effort. Unfortunately, he just isn’t any good … injuries and age have robbed him of his talent.

Ricky Bones
5 years 5 months ago

“plenty of Braves fan felt that way or maybe it was just me”

Ricky Bones
5 years 5 months ago

“plenty of Braves fan felt that way or maybe it was just me”

JasonHeywardIsGod
5 years 5 months ago

You must have not watched the Braves game, he was lackadaisical out there he didn’t even run hard on some of those balls over his head and he looked like he was just there cashing in the money, plenty of Braves fan felt that way or maybe it was just me but I did not like his attitude at all

rockiesfan_303
5 years 5 months ago

So who makes the team as backup OFers? Giles or Anderson or Repko or R. Johnson?

lakersdodgersyankees4life
5 years 5 months ago

Reed and one of Giles, Anderson, or Repko, in that order. I really dont get this..

bannister19
5 years 5 months ago

This is not backup. This is just bad.
Why would they sign him over Jermaine Dye? Hank Blalock?

lakersdodgersyankees4life
5 years 5 months ago

Dye probably wouldnt be willing to take a MiLB deal or be a bench guy, and can Blalock play the OF?

bannister19
5 years 5 months ago

No for Blalock, and you’re right on Dye, but still… It’s just not worth having Garret Anderson.

lakersdodgersyankees4life
5 years 5 months ago

I agree… i really dont understand why we made this signing…. I guess it’s just depth

markjsunz
5 years 5 months ago

Anderson is another left handed pinch hitter, not sure what he has left in the tank. He is taking up a spot on the roster. I would have liked to see what a guy like Xavier Paul could do in the majors, but there may not be a roster spot.

lakersdodgersyankees4life
5 years 5 months ago

Paul wasnt going to win the job. Torre and Donnie said that they want him to get regular ABs(ie, starting) because they feel he has the potential to be a starter in the league.

But, as I’ve said, I basically agree with you, I dont know why they did this UNLESS the rumors that Giles is done are true and they wanted to have another lefty option to compete for a job off the bench besides Doug M.

markjsunz
5 years 5 months ago

Giles and Anderson both had good careers and I am not sure either of them could hit major league pitching anymore. Paul went through a nasty infection from a small cut on his knee. He is lucky it did not kill him. That is one of the reasons I am rooting for him, plus he Showed in his few at bats last year he may have Big league talent. The Dodgers are going to need a guy to replace manny next year, maybe paul can take over. Anyway it is a minor league contract so we may not see Anderson again.

lakersdodgersyankees4life
5 years 5 months ago

I agree, I’m rooting for Paul. I really wanna see what he can do. My guess is there will be a competition that includes lambo, Paul, Robinson and any other prospect who breaks out(K Russell?) for the LF job

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markjsunz
5 years 5 months ago

Almost every spring training a youngster impresses and goes with the big club. We will see.

lakersdodgersyankees4life
5 years 5 months ago

The dodgers said the only way he makes he club is as a starter, and, barring injury, that isn’t going to happen( as I’m sure you can guess, they didn’t directly say it, but from Donnie’s comments, that’s what it sounds like

lakersdodgersyankees4life
5 years 5 months ago

I agree… i really dont understand why we made this signing…. I guess it’s just depth

bannister19
5 years 5 months ago

No for Blalock, and you’re right on Dye, but still… It’s just not worth having Garret Anderson.

lakersdodgersyankees4life
5 years 5 months ago

Dye probably wouldnt be willing to take a MiLB deal or be a bench guy, and can Blalock play the OF?

bannister19
5 years 5 months ago

This is not backup. This is just bad.
Why would they sign him over Jermaine Dye? Hank Blalock?

RiverKKiller999
5 years 5 months ago

Lets just say the Dodgers Outfielders get injured and you have no other choice but to put Garret Anderson in LF .( I know I know it won’t happen ,just sayin)You are gonna wish your Dodgers had the DH rule .His defense is terrible.Good thing its only a minor league deal.

lakersdodgersyankees4life
5 years 5 months ago

If someone gets hurt and goes on the DL, Xavier Paul will be called up to start. Anderson will not get back to back starts this season, if he is even in the majors, mark my words.

RiverKKiller999
5 years 5 months ago

Yeah I know…I’m just saying if you had no other choice but to put Anderson in you would be wishing you had the DH rule.He’s slow as a slug ,his offense is ok I guess.

lakersdodgersyankees4life
5 years 5 months ago

Oh I know he is horrible in the field. If there is a time when someone gets hurt, someone will be called up and Anderson will remain on the bench…

lakersdodgersyankees4life
5 years 5 months ago

Oh I know he is horrible in the field. If there is a time when someone gets hurt, someone will be called up and Anderson will remain on the bench…

RiverKKiller999
5 years 5 months ago

Yeah I know…I’m just saying if you had no other choice but to put Anderson in you would be wishing you had the DH rule.He’s slow as a slug ,his offense is ok I guess.

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

Don’t forget our good friend Trayvon Robinson!

lakersdodgersyankees4life
5 years 5 months ago

I want Robinson to get a full year in the minors to prove that last year was a breakout, not a fluke. He shouldnt be on the MLB team until, at the earliest, September..

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

Who knows if that team will even be the Dodgers by then. Possible Adrian Gonzalez chip?

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

Who knows if that team will even be the Dodgers by then. Possible Adrian Gonzalez chip?

lakersdodgersyankees4life
5 years 5 months ago

I want Robinson to get a full year in the minors to prove that last year was a breakout, not a fluke. He shouldnt be on the MLB team until, at the earliest, September..

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

Don’t forget our good friend Trayvon Robinson!

lakersdodgersyankees4life
5 years 5 months ago

If someone gets hurt and goes on the DL, Xavier Paul will be called up to start. Anderson will not get back to back starts this season, if he is even in the majors, mark my words.

bleedDODGERblue
5 years 5 months ago

We already signed Reed Johnson and Brian Giles and have had Jason Repko for forever, just really don’t get this signing..

bleedDODGERblue
5 years 5 months ago

We already signed Reed Johnson and Brian Giles and have had Jason Repko for forever, just really don’t get this signing..

bleedDODGERblue
5 years 5 months ago

Not to mention Xavier Paul, forgot him, thanks lakersdodgers4life

redlake
5 years 5 months ago

Xavier Paul and Repko should both get good looks in Spring Training.Paul appears to have good tools and personally I think he could be a candidate for the number 4 outfielder if given an opportunity to prove himself. Of course that’s not going to happen but I wish we would quit dinking around with players who are done. Look at it this way every inning that these washed up guys get in spring training costs the opportunity to give players like Paul and Repko the opportunity display their talents.They do have talent and the potential to make this team, also, the more their talents are displayed the more potential they have for future trade value (assuming that Frank would ever allow a trade).

lakersdodgersyankees4life
5 years 5 months ago

The Dodgers came out and said that Paul wont be the 4th OF because they want him to get playing time, somewhere. They feel he has the potential to be an everyday starter and they dont want him waste a yr sitting on the bench, similar to DeWitt…

Regarding Repko… I have no idea what they are doing with him

thegrayrace
5 years 5 months ago

Perhaps they just fear Repko will turn into the next Jayson Werth if they let him go… personally, I don’t understand why we keep him if he’s not going to get a shot as 4th outfielder. That’s probably all he’ll ever be good for. He’s fine defensively, but his contact skills are abysmal.

lakersdodgersyankees4life
5 years 5 months ago

I don’t think that’s the thought because Repko simply doesn’t have the same talent Werth had. Werth had all the talent you want, but was hurt for years and wasn’t getting any better. I wonder if it’s more Repko not wanting to leave the team rather than vice versa(he has been here for 10 years…)

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ivdown
5 years 5 months ago

Not a chance in hell that he makes the big roster now. Ughhh.

bleedDODGERblue
5 years 5 months ago

Not to mention Xavier Paul, forgot him, thanks lakersdodgers4life

RiverKKiller999
5 years 5 months ago

Lets just say the Dodgers Outfielders get injured and you have no other choice but to put Garret Anderson in LF .( I know I know it won’t happen ,just sayin)You are gonna wish your Dodgers had the DH rule .His defense is terrible.Good thing its only a minor league deal.

3david
5 years 5 months ago

I hope the Dodgers have a “Hover-Round” for Garret to roam the outfield.

3david
5 years 5 months ago

I hope the Dodgers have a “Hover-Round” for Garret to roam the outfield.

5 years 5 months ago

The Dodgers need a left-handed hitter off the bench who doesn’t have an arthritic shoulder (Doug M.) or knees ( B. Giles). Ned Colletti’s MO is to stockpile talent because as he said today, “it’s not a baseball month, it’s a baseball season”. We were going to carry five outfielders anyway because Manny needs days off without compromising the bench. This almost assuredly means we will carry 12 pitchers, 5 outfielders (think Manny, Ethier, Kemp, Reed Johnson and Anderson), and 6 infielders and 2 catchers. Because our infield options can’t REALLY play the outfield, we are forced to carry more depth there. The Anderson signing is in no way meant to provide outfield depth, but rather, it provides bench depth for days Reed Johnson plays the field.

thegrayrace
5 years 5 months ago

Blake is adequate in LF. He played plenty of OF in Cleveland. 2005-2006 he was a full-time RFer, don’t think he’d have a problem with LF.

Once Amazega gets healthy he’ll also eliminate the need for a 5th OFer.

5 years 5 months ago

The Dodgers need a left-handed hitter off the bench who doesn’t have an arthritic shoulder (Doug M.) or knees ( B. Giles). Ned Colletti’s MO is to stockpile talent because as he said today, “it’s not a baseball month, it’s a baseball season”. We were going to carry five outfielders anyway because Manny needs days off without compromising the bench. This almost assuredly means we will carry 12 pitchers, 5 outfielders (think Manny, Ethier, Kemp, Reed Johnson and Anderson), and 6 infielders and 2 catchers. Because our infield options can’t REALLY play the outfield, we are forced to carry more depth there. The Anderson signing is in no way meant to provide outfield depth, but rather, it provides bench depth for days Reed Johnson plays the field.

PenosCabell
5 years 5 months ago

Ned sucks.

bleedDODGERblue
5 years 5 months ago

McCourt sucks, he’s the one restricting how much Colletti can spend

bleedDODGERblue
5 years 5 months ago

McCourt sucks, he’s the one restricting how much Colletti can spend

PenosCabell
5 years 5 months ago

Ned sucks.

Dirtbag Blues
5 years 5 months ago

Just a minor league deal. Really, people, get over it.

Dirtbag Blues
5 years 5 months ago

Just a minor league deal. Really, people, get over it.

jcdodger
5 years 5 months ago

minor league eal guys….minor league deal…just have to see if he makes the team 1st & then we can complain

jcdodger
5 years 5 months ago

minor league eal guys….minor league deal…just have to see if he makes the team 1st & then we can complain

PenosCabell
5 years 5 months ago

Money is still being spent here. Half a mil here, half a mil there. It all adds up. This is just more money being wasted. There are other, younger options, who deserve a chance.

Dirtbag Blues
5 years 5 months ago

No its not. THat’s the thing with these minor league deals. It’s non guaranteed. If he sucks in spring training we cut him and lose nothing (or next to nothing.) Zero risk.

PenosCabell
5 years 5 months ago

Next to nothing? Garrett Anderson will get paid something. It may not be a lot of money but he’ll get something reguardless of him making the team or not.

Dirtbag Blues
5 years 5 months ago

He’ll get paid a a month’s worth of a minor league salary for showing up to spring training. We can then cut him, and pay him nothing, send him to the minors, and continue to pay a minor league salary, or send him to the big club and pay him 6 figures.

Like I said, right now we’re on the hook for next to nothing. If it was any more than that you would never see small market clubs hand out non-roster invitations.

Dirtbag Blues
5 years 5 months ago

He’ll get paid a a month’s worth of a minor league salary for showing up to spring training. We can then cut him, and pay him nothing, send him to the minors, and continue to pay a minor league salary, or send him to the big club and pay him 6 figures.

Like I said, right now we’re on the hook for next to nothing. If it was any more than that you would never see small market clubs hand out non-roster invitations.

PenosCabell
5 years 5 months ago

Next to nothing? Garrett Anderson will get paid something. It may not be a lot of money but he’ll get something reguardless of him making the team or not.

Dirtbag Blues
5 years 5 months ago

No its not. THat’s the thing with these minor league deals. It’s non guaranteed. If he sucks in spring training we cut him and lose nothing (or next to nothing.) Zero risk.

bleedDODGERblue
5 years 5 months ago

This is exactly what I think when people post ”its just a minor league deal, get over it.” For having limited spending this year we seem to make a lot of unecessary minor league signings

Dirtbag Blues
5 years 5 months ago

I assure you, the Dodgers have made no more minor league deals this year than usual, it just seems that way because of the lack of major league deals. And again, minor league deals cost the team viturally nothing unless the guy makes the big club. If he can’t cut it in spring training, we let him go and lose nothing.

Dirtbag Blues
5 years 5 months ago

I assure you, the Dodgers have made no more minor league deals this year than usual, it just seems that way because of the lack of major league deals. And again, minor league deals cost the team viturally nothing unless the guy makes the big club. If he can’t cut it in spring training, we let him go and lose nothing.

bleedDODGERblue
5 years 5 months ago

This is exactly what I think when people post ”its just a minor league deal, get over it.” For having limited spending this year we seem to make a lot of unecessary minor league signings

PenosCabell
5 years 5 months ago

Money is still being spent here. Half a mil here, half a mil there. It all adds up. This is just more money being wasted. There are other, younger options, who deserve a chance.