The Tigers are an organization short on pitching. Not many people will try and argue that point. If they have depth anywhere in the organization, it’s in the outfield. So, naturally the Tigers traded a minor league pitcher for an outfielder.
I don’t know a lot Josh Anderson, but he his the newest member of the Tigers. Dave Dombrowski has already said that Anderson will make the opening day roster. So there’s that. Anderson is quick on his feet (over 40 steals in the minors last season), he can play centerfield, and he hits from the left side of the plate. Those are all good things.
Heading to Atlanta is Rudy Darrow. Darrow is 25 and the right-hander has made 78 relief appearances in the minors for the Tigers. He split the 2008 season between West Michigan and Erie. Darrow had an ERA in the 2.00s and struck out nearly a batter per inning. He wasn’t likely to play for the Tigers in 2009 but there didn’t seem to be much downside in keeping him.
Now that the Tigers have their back up for Curtis Granderson in CF it probably means that Jeff Larish will head back to the minor leagues unless the Tigers can find a new home for Marcus Thames. This move, in some ways, creates more questions than it does answers.
Apparently the Tigers did not believe that Brent Clevlen was ready to contribute on the big league roster and his days in the organization are probably over. He was once a top prospect and now the Tigers will likely lose him for nothing. Oh well.
Anderson got 136 at bats for the Braves last season and hit .294 with three home runs and 10 steals, getting caught only once. Anderson is a contact guy who doesn’t strike out all that much, but also doesn’t draw many walks. If he can gain some patience at the plate he’ll be able to use that speed of his a bit more and increase his value.
I don’t think the loss of Darrow is of much consequence, I just don’t see why the club felt like they needed another outfielder. They have so many options in the outfield:
- Wilkin Ramirez
- Casper Wells
- Timo Perez
- Brent Clevlen
- Ryan Raburn
None of those guys would tear it up, but how much better does Anderson really make the Tigers?