Brian Anderson Rumors

Brian Bannister Becomes A Free Agent

Brian Bannister is officially a free agent, according to the Royals. Kansas City reinstated Jason Kendall and David DeJesus from the 60-day DL and made room by outrighting Bannister to Triple-A and designating right-hander Brian Anderson for assignment. Bannister refused his assignment and became a free agent.

Bannister, 29, pitched to a 6.34 ERA in 127 2/3 innings last year. His walk rate rose to 3.5 BB/9 and his strikeout rate dropped to 5.4 K/9, so it's not surprising that the Royals let him go. If they had offered arbitration, Bannister would have made something like $2.3MM, his 2010 salary. When Mike Axisa identified Bannister as a non-tender candidate last month, 71% of MLBTR readers correctly predicted that the Royals would cut him loose.

Anderson, a longtime outfielder in the major leagues, started making the transition to the mound this year. He logged 17 1/3 innings across three levels in the Royals system, striking out 17 and walking 5.

Brian Anderson Will Try Pitching

After failing to make the team, Brian Anderson told the Royals today that he wants to try pitching, tweets Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star.  Anderson signed a $700K Major League deal with the Royals in December.  Though Anderson pitched at the University of Arizona, the switch comes as a surprise.  Baseball America noted in their '05 Handbook that Anderson threw in the low 90s as a college reliever.   

Royals Sign Brian Anderson

The Royals signed outfielder Brian Anderson to a one-year, Major League deal worth $700K.  He can earn another $100K in incentives.'s Scott Merkin broke the news yesterday, while Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports added contract details.  Anderson was acquired by the Red Sox from the White Sox for Mark Kotsay and cash on July 28th, and non-tendered on December 12th.

Anderson, 28 in March, has a career line of .227/.290/.370 in 883 plate appearances, mostly with the White Sox.  He's mainly played center field in his career, and the Royals probably represented his best opportunity for big league playing time.  The Royals will have the chance to retain Anderson beyond 2010 as an arbitration-eligible player.

Merkin notes that the Cubs, Nationals, and Reds had also expressed interest in Anderson.

Odds & Ends: Nationals, Podsednik, Duchscherer

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  • Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports tweets that the Nationals still have money left to sign Matt Capps, assuming he wants to go there. Morosi expects Capps to decide on his next team this week.
  • In a separate tweet, Morosi notes that the Tigers are only interested in Scott Podsednik if it's a one-year deal. Detroit has no interest in Rick Ankiel.
  • ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that Justin Duchscherer has received contract offers from three unnamed teams, and he expects to decide on his 2010 home within a week.
  • Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets that the Royals are interested in free agent outfielder Brian Anderson on a minor league deal.
  • Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle sees Rajai Davis and Ryan Sweeney retaining starting jobs in the wake of the impending Coco Crisp signing.  Slusser suggests a possible reduced role or trade for Scott HairstonFanGraphs' Dave Cameron doesn't understand the move, noting that Davis and Sweeney are similar to Crisp.  Crisp's physical will take place tomorrow, tweets ESPN's Buster Olney
  • Matthew Carruth of Lookout Landing explains that Mariners fans fully understand the dangers of Milton BradleyThe Seattle Times' Geoff Baker reflects on Carlos Silva's time with the club.
  • Patrick Newman joins FanGraphs with a look at Japanese baseball imports and exports for 2010.  Speaking of which, new Met Ryota Igarashi would like to be Francisco Rodriguez's set-up man.

Red Sox Will Tender Contract To Kotchman

On July 22nd, the Red Sox made a surprising acquisition in first baseman Adam LaRoche.  Odder still, they shipped LaRoche to the Braves eleven days later for Casey Kotchman.  Perhaps the Sox simply felt two potential seasons of Kotchman had more value than one potential supplemental pick gained if they offered arbitration to LaRoche and he signed elsewhere.

We learned today that the Red Sox will not cut the arbitration-eligible Kotchman loose on Saturday, as WEEI's Alex Speier says they fully intend to tender him a contract.  Kotchman probably won't sign for much more than $3MM for 2010.  The Sox seem intent on moving Mike Lowell, so Kotchman would be the default starter at first base (with Kevin Youkilis moving to third) unless Adrian Beltre or another corner infielder is acquired.

Speier relays a suggestion from Red Sox GM Theo Epstein that the Red Sox have one non-tender candidate for Saturday.  Speier believes it to be outfielder Brian Anderson, who made our list.  Other outfielders who, in our estimation, might be non-tendered tomorrow: Jack Cust, Jonny Gomes, Gabe Gross, Ryan Langerhans, Jeremy Reed, and Cory Sullivan.

Odds & Ends: Anderson, Rangers, Brew Crew

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Red Sox Acquire Brian Anderson For Mark Kotsay

2:08pm:'s Noah Coslov says the White Sox received Mark Kotsay and cash from the Red Sox for Anderson.  A Red Sox press release says Anderson will be assigned to Triple A Pawtucket.  The 27 year-old voiced his desire for a trade last Thursday to's Scott Merkin.  He has a .225/.288/.364 line in 862 career plate appearances (and here's a look at his glovework; the biggest sample is 966 innings in '06).

Kotsay was designated for assignment by Boston on Friday.  The 33 year-old hit .257/.291/.324 in 79 plate appearances for the Red Sox; he'd re-signed in January for $1.5MM plus incentives.  He was hobbled by calf and back injuries.

1:59pm: The Red Sox acquired Brian Anderson from the White Sox, according to David Lefort of the Boston Globe. It's unclear what the Red Sox gave up or where they'll assign Anderson, who had been playing in the minors for the White Sox. 

Tim Dierkes contributed to this post.

Brian Anderson Asks White Sox For Trade

3:47pm: Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times says Anderson "isn't going anywhere." The club has tried to trade him recently with no success. 

1:21pm: Brian Anderson wants the White Sox to trade him, according to's Scott Merkin. The 27-year-old outfielder explained to GM Kenny Williams why he believes he'd do better with another organization.

"I need to play every day and be an everyday big-leaguer," Anderson said. "I have more to offer. If it's not with the White Sox, then maybe it really is time for a change."

The former first rounder headed to Triple A with a positive attitude earlier in the week, after the White Sox activated Carlos Quentin. Anderson has a .238/.322/.319 line this year with a pair of home runs in 65 games.

Odds and Ends: Hearings, Anderson, Selig

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What’s Next For Brian Anderson?

White Sox center fielder Brian Anderson has had a roller coaster career, though he’s only 26.  The former first-round pick entered the ’06 season as Chicago’s starting center fielder, but he didn’t hit enough to keep the job.  BA didn’t make much noise in ’07 (aside from comments he made to Scott Merkin).

Now Anderson is making the good kind of noise, hitting .351/.442/.568 in 37 spring ABs.  He’s battled his way into the Opening Day picture, especially with Jerry Owens and Carlos Quentin ailing.  Anderson is leading all players in spring ABs, which would almost indicate a showcase.  All sorts of teams have had interest in the past, including the Marlins and Rangers.  However, Anderson still has two options so there’s no pressing need to trade him.