Tigers Aquire Josh Anderson

Snow fell in Detroit overnight, a day after mild temperatures allowed an open window, and the flow of fresh air into my home.

Baseball was on television. It felt like spring.

Mother Nature had different plans, deciding that she hadn’t quite
finished with winter. While a chill hung in the air today, we saw that
the Tigers weren’t finished adding pieces to their already strong
batting order.

Today, in exchange for pitcher Rudy Darrow, the
Tigers picked up outfielder Josh Anderson from the Atlanta Braves. Jim
Leyland has said this spring that he wanted someone who could fill in
at center for Granderson. Josh Anderson, 26, will be that guy, it

Anderson hit .294 in 136 At Bats last year with
Atlanta. In the 40 games he appeared in, he had 40 hits, drove in 12,
and tallied 21 times.

In 2007, with the Astro’s, his average was .358 in 67 At Bats.

In addition to his bat, he will provide the tigers with speed along the base paths.

gives us a dimension that we really don’t have, which is speed,” Tigers
president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said. “We like a lot of our
outfielders right now, but we think he’s a good fit for us.”

Anderson also provides the left handed bat that the Tigers wanted in the line-up.

curious though, what does this mean for Marcus Thames? What about the
group of young guys that many Detroit fans have enjoyed watching…
Brent Clevlen, Clete Thomas and Ryan Raburn?

The addition of
Josh Anderson feels good, sort of like a glove on a chilly spring day.
What happens when the warm weather arrives, and is here to stay?

Will things still feel as good?

I’m interested in watching this play out.

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