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Portrait of Garret Anderson

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
21 9177 .293 .324 .461 101 25.1
Birth Date6-30-1972
Height6' 3"
Weight190 lbs
Age47 years, 4 months, 21 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
1994 CAL 22 5 13 5 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 .385 .385 .385 91 -0.1 -0.2 -0.1 0.0
1995 CAL 23 106 400 120 19 1 16 19 65 1 6 2 .321 .352 .505 114 8.6 1.7 9.1 2.8
1996 CAL 24 150 642 173 33 2 12 27 84 0 7 9 .285 .314 .405 80 -14.4 0.9 9.8 1.1
1997 ANA 25 154 662 189 36 3 8 30 70 2 10 4 .303 .334 .409 94 -2.5 0.5 15.5 2.8
1998 ANA 26 156 658 183 41 7 15 29 80 1 8 3 .294 .325 .455 99 0.8 -3.8 2.3 1.0
1999 ANA 27 157 660 188 36 2 21 34 81 0 3 4 .303 .336 .469 99 1.9 1.4 6.3 2.6
2000 ANA 28 159 681 185 40 3 35 24 87 0 7 6 .286 .307 .519 103 6.9 -2.6 -10.6 1.4
2001 ANA 29 161 704 194 39 2 28 27 100 0 13 6 .289 .314 .478 108 10.3 -1.1 1.2 2.6
2002 ANA 30 158 678 195 56 3 29 30 80 0 6 4 .306 .332 .539 127 26.2 1.9 -2.0 4.1
2003 ANA 31 159 673 201 49 4 29 31 83 0 6 3 .315 .345 .541 127 24.9 -2.5 12.0 4.7
2004 ANA 32 112 475 133 20 1 14 29 75 1 2 1 .301 .343 .446 99 0.4 -5.2 -12.2 -0.3
2005 ANA 33 142 603 163 34 1 17 23 84 0 1 1 .283 .308 .435 94 -3.6 -0.4 -4.2 0.3
2006 ANA 34 141 588 152 28 2 17 38 95 0 1 0 .280 .323 .433 94 -2.2 -1.4 0.4 0.8
2007 ANA 35 108 450 124 31 1 16 27 54 0 1 0 .297 .336 .492 108 6.5 3.8 -6.2 1.3
2008 ANA 36 145 593 163 27 3 15 29 77 1 7 4 .293 .325 .433 101 2.1 0.0 1.5 1.4
2009 ATL 37 135 534 133 27 0 13 27 73 2 1 0 .268 .303 .401 87 -6.8 -0.7 -12.5 -0.8
2010 LAN 38 80 163 28 6 1 2 5 34 0 1 0 .181 .204 .271 55 -8.2 -0.3 -1.0 -0.6
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Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
1990 BOI A- NWN 25 88 .000 .000 .000 .313 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1991 QUD A MDW 105 414 .000 .000 .000 .332 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 PSP A+ CLF 81 344 .000 .000 .000 .396 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 MID AA TXS 39 155 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 VAN AAA PCL 122 504 .000 .000 .000 .360 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 CAL MLB AL 5 13 .279 .345 .424 .455 98 0.1 0.4 -0.1 91 10 -0.1 -0.2 -0.1 0.0
1994 VAN AAA PCL 123 537 .000 .000 .000 .375 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 CAL MLB AL 106 400 .269 .339 .425 .350 100 14 12.0 -2.9 114 13 9.1 1.7 8.6 2.8
1995 VAN AAA PCL 14 66 .000 .000 .000 .404 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 CAL MLB AL 150 642 .279 .348 .444 .313 98 -12 19.8 -4.8 80 11 9.8 0.9 -14.4 1.1
1997 ANA MLB AL 154 662 .272 .338 .427 .328 96 -0.3 18.3 -3.8 94 6 15.5 0.5 -2.5 2.8
1998 ANA MLB AL 156 658 .270 .335 .430 .317 95 5.6 17.9 -6.7 99 8 2.3 -3.8 0.8 1.0
1999 ANA MLB AL 157 660 .276 .346 .441 .319 96 7.2 18.4 -0.2 99 10 6.3 1.4 1.9 2.6
2000 ANA MLB AL 159 681 .272 .342 .436 .281 87 13.9 21.5 0.3 103 9 -10.6 -2.6 6.9 1.4
2001 ANA MLB AL 161 704 .265 .328 .424 .302 97 9.2 21.0 -5.3 108 8 1.2 -1.1 10.3 2.6
2002 ANA MLB AL 158 678 .264 .330 .425 .308 95 36.6 19.5 -4.7 127 10 -2.0 1.9 26.2 4.1
2003 ANA MLB AL 159 673 .269 .332 .427 .325 99 27.5 18.3 -5.5 127 9 12.0 -2.5 24.9 4.7
2004 ANA MLB AL 112 475 .267 .332 .429 .334 103 6.7 14.1 -0.3 99 9 -12.2 -5.2 0.4 -0.3
2004 RCU A+ CLF 3 10 .000 .000 .000 .429 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 ANA MLB AL 142 603 .267 .327 .419 .305 98 -3.5 17.3 -6 94 8 -4.2 -0.4 -3.6 0.3
2006 ANA MLB AL 141 588 .273 .336 .431 .308 102 -5.4 17.7 -6.5 94 7 0.4 -1.4 -2.2 0.8
2007 ANA MLB AL 108 450 .270 .334 .420 .306 99 9.5 13.4 -4.1 108 11 -6.2 3.8 6.5 1.3
2007 RCU A+ CLF 6 19 .259 .350 .426 .267 96 -0.1 0.6 -0.2 117 0 -0.4 0.2 0.4 0.1
2008 ANA MLB AL 145 593 .266 .333 .418 .314 103 -1.3 17.1 -7 101 6 1.5 0.0 2.1 1.4
2009 ATL MLB NL 135 534 .260 .329 .413 .286 96 -9.8 15.4 -3.6 87 10 -12.5 -0.7 -6.8 -0.8
2010 LAN MLB NL 80 163 .256 .326 .395 .215 88 -14 4.5 -0.8 55 13 -1.0 -0.3 -8.2 -0.6

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
1990 BOI A- NWN 88 83 11 21 3 1 1 29 8 4 18 0 1 .253 .287 .349 .096 0 0
1991 QUD A MDW 414 392 40 102 22 2 2 134 42 20 89 5 6 .260 .296 .342 .082 0 0
1992 MID AA TXS 155 146 16 40 5 0 2 51 19 9 30 2 1 .274 .316 .349 .075 0 0
1992 PSP A+ CLF 344 322 46 104 15 2 1 126 62 21 61 1 1 .323 .366 .391 .068 0 0
1993 VAN AAA PCL 504 467 57 137 34 4 4 191 71 31 95 3 4 .293 .337 .409 .116 1 1
1994 CAL MLB AL 13 13 0 5 0 0 0 5 1 0 2 0 0 .385 .385 .385 .000 0 0
1994 VAN AAA PCL 537 505 75 162 42 6 12 252 102 28 93 3 3 .321 .358 .499 .178 0 0
1995 CAL MLB AL 400 374 50 120 19 1 16 189 69 19 65 6 2 .321 .352 .505 .184 4 2
1995 VAN AAA PCL 66 61 9 19 7 0 0 26 12 5 14 0 0 .311 .364 .426 .115 0 0
1996 CAL MLB AL 642 607 79 173 33 2 12 246 72 27 84 7 9 .285 .314 .405 .120 3 5
1997 ANA MLB AL 662 624 76 189 36 3 8 255 92 30 70 10 4 .303 .334 .409 .106 5 1
1998 ANA MLB AL 658 622 62 183 41 7 15 283 79 29 80 8 3 .294 .325 .455 .161 3 3
1999 ANA MLB AL 660 620 88 188 36 2 21 291 80 34 81 3 4 .303 .336 .469 .166 6 0
2000 ANA MLB AL 681 647 92 185 40 3 35 336 117 24 87 7 6 .286 .307 .519 .233 9 1
2001 ANA MLB AL 704 672 83 194 39 2 28 321 123 27 100 13 6 .289 .314 .478 .189 5 0
2002 ANA MLB AL 678 638 93 195 56 3 29 344 123 30 80 6 4 .306 .332 .539 .234 10 0
2003 ANA MLB AL 673 638 80 201 49 4 29 345 116 31 83 6 3 .315 .345 .541 .226 4 0
2004 RCU A+ CLF 10 9 1 4 0 0 1 7 1 1 1 0 0 .444 .500 .778 .333 0 0
2004 ANA MLB AL 475 442 57 133 20 1 14 197 75 29 75 2 1 .301 .343 .446 .145 3 0
2005 ANA MLB AL 603 575 68 163 34 1 17 250 96 23 84 1 1 .283 .308 .435 .151 5 0
2006 ANA MLB AL 588 543 63 152 28 2 17 235 85 38 95 1 0 .280 .323 .433 .153 7 0
2007 RCU A+ CLF 19 18 3 4 1 0 0 5 2 1 3 0 0 .222 .263 .278 .056 0 0
2007 ANA MLB AL 450 417 67 124 31 1 16 205 80 27 54 1 0 .297 .336 .492 .194 6 0
2008 ANA MLB AL 593 557 66 163 27 3 15 241 84 29 77 7 4 .293 .325 .433 .140 6 0
2009 ATL MLB NL 534 496 52 133 27 0 13 199 61 27 73 1 0 .268 .303 .401 .133 9 0
2010 LAN MLB NL 163 155 8 28 6 1 2 42 12 5 34 1 0 .181 .204 .271 .090 2 1

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 1936 0.4561 0.4799 0.8245 0.5855 0.3913 0.9033 0.7257 0.1755 0.0173
2009 1849 0.5003 0.4765 0.8150 0.5708 0.3820 0.8712 0.7309 0.1850 -0.0002
2010 584 0.4863 0.4555 0.7707 0.5282 0.3867 0.8800 0.6293 0.2293 0.0027
Career43690.47880.47520.81330.57160.38670.88660.71500.18670.0079

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2009-08-21 2009-08-25 DTD 4 3 Right Low Back Inflammation SI Joint Injury -
2009-04-20 2009-05-05 15-DL 15 13 Left Thigh Tightness Quadriceps -
2009-04-11 2009-04-14 DTD 3 2 Right Lower Leg Strain Calf -
2009-04-09 2009-04-10 DTD 1 0 Right Lower Leg Tightness Calf -
2009-03-07 2009-03-29 Camp 22 0 Right Lower Leg Strain Calf -
2008-08-26 2008-08-27 DTD 1 1 Left Knee Inflammation Tendonitis -
2008-08-25 2008-08-25 DTD 0 0 Left Knee Tendonitis - -
2008-06-18 2008-06-20 DTD 2 1 Right Knee Soreness - -
2008-03-16 2008-03-18 Camp 2 0 Right Knee Inflammation - -
2008-03-13 2008-03-15 Camp 2 0 Left Thigh Tightness - -
2007-09-29 2007-10-01 DTD 2 2 Infection Conjunctivitis -
2007-06-17 2007-07-03 15-DL 16 13 Right Hip Strain Hip Flexor -
2007-06-10 2007-06-12 DTD 2 1 Right Hip Tightness Hip Flexor -
2007-04-28 2007-06-03 15-DL 36 34 Right Hip Strain Hip Flexor -
2006-09-03 2006-09-04 DTD 1 1 Left Thigh Strain Quadriceps -
2006-08-23 2006-08-23 DTD 0 0 Left Thigh Tightness Hamstring - -
2006-08-12 2006-08-15 DTD 3 3 - Low Back Spasms - -
2006-07-25 2006-07-28 DTD 3 2 Left Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2006-07-18 2006-07-19 DTD 1 1 Left Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2006-07-07 2006-07-09 DTD 2 2 Left Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2006-06-27 2006-06-30 DTD 3 2 Low Back Stiffness -
2006-05-16 2006-05-16 On-Alr 0 0 Left Foot Strain Plantar Fascia -
2006-05-15 2006-05-21 DTD 6 5 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2006-04-27 2006-04-28 DTD 1 0 Left Foot Inflammation Plantar Fasciitis -
2006-03-08 2006-03-26 Camp 18 0 Left Foot Inflammation Plantar Fasciitis -
2005-09-28 2005-09-30 DTD 2 2 - Low Back Tightness - -
2005-09-21 2005-09-24 DTD 3 3 Low Back Soreness -
2005-08-14 2005-08-23 DTD 9 8 Low Back Inflammation SI Joint -
2005-08-10 2005-08-12 DTD 2 2 Knee Inflammation Patellar Tendinitis -
2005-06-12 2005-06-13 DTD 1 1 Right Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2005-05-28 2005-05-28 DTD 0 0 - Ankle Sprain - -
2005-05-18 2005-05-22 DTD 4 3 Right Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2004-09-30 2004-10-01 DTD 1 1 Left Knee Inflammation Patellar Tendinitis -
2004-09-17 2004-09-18 DTD 1 1 Left Knee Inflammation -
2004-08-17 2004-08-17 DTD 0 0 Left Ankle Contusion HBP -
2004-08-06 2004-08-07 DTD 1 1 Left Knee Soreness -
2004-07-27 2004-07-28 DTD 1 1 - Groin Strain -
2004-07-23 2004-07-25 DTD 2 2 Groin Soreness -
2004-04-22 2004-06-10 15-DL 49 43 Upper Back Arthritis -
2004-03-04 2004-03-22 Camp 18 0 Right Shoulder Inflammation Biceps Tendinitis -
2003-09-20 2003-09-22 DTD 2 2 Low Back Tightness -
2002-09-15 2002-09-17 DTD 2 2 - Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2002-08-05 2002-08-26 DTD 21 19 Right Thigh Tightness Hamstring - -
2002-06-03 2002-06-03 DTD 0 0 Right Fingers Laceration Ring Finger - -
2002-03-25 2002-03-25 Camp 0 0 - Low Back Tightness - -
2001-03-01 2001-03-09 Camp 8 0 Right Groin Strain - -
2000-07-20 2000-07-20 DTD 0 0 Left Ankle Strain Achilles Tendon - -
2000-07-15 2000-07-16 DTD 1 1 Right Knee Contusion - -
2000-04-16 2000-04-17 DTD 1 1 Left Ankle Sprain - -
1999-10-22 1999-10-22 Off 0 0 Left Foot Surgery Released Nerve 1999-10-22 -
1999-08-07 1999-08-09 DTD 2 2 - Ankle Soreness - -
1998-06-05 1998-06-06 DTD 1 1 Right Fracture Big Toe - -
1997-07-01 1997-07-02 DTD 1 1 - Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
1997-06-22 1997-06-24 DTD 2 2 - General Medical Illness Flu - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2010 LAN $550,000
2009 ATL $2,500,000
2008 ANA $12,600,000
2007 ANA $11,600,000
2006 ANA $10,600,000
2005 ANA $9,600,000
2004 ANA $6,200,000
2003 ANA $5,350,000
2002 ANA $5,000,000
2001 ANA $4,500,000
2000 ANA $3,250,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
11 yrPrevious$71,750,000
11 yrTotal$71,750,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
15 y 49 dChris Arnold1 year/$0.55M (2010)

Details
  • 1 year/$0.55M (2010). Signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 3/3/10 (minor-league contract). $0.55M salary in majors. $0.2M in performance bonuses. Contract purchased by LA Dodgers 4/3/10. DFA by LA Dodgers 8/8/10. Retired 3/11.
  • 1 year/$2.5M (2009). Signed by Atlanta as a free agent 2/22/09.
  • 4 years/$48M (2005-08), plus 2009 club option. Signed extension with LA Angels 4/04. $3M signing bonus. 05:$9M, 06:$10M, 07:$11M, 08:$12M, 09:$14M club option ($3M buyout). LA Angels declined $15M 2009 club option 10/28/08.
  • 4 years/$20M (2001-04). Signed extension with Anaheim 4/01. $25,000 All Star award bonus
  • 3 years/$4M (1997-99), plus 2000 club option. Signed extension with Anaheim 3/97. 97:$0.5M, 98:$1.4M, 99:$2.1M, 00:$3.25M club option. Anaheim exercised 2000 club option 10/99.
  • 1 year/$0.25M (1996). Re-signed by Anaheim 2/96.
  • 1 year/$0.109M (1995). Re-signed by Anaheim 2/95.
  • 1 year (1994). Contract purchased by Anaheim.
  • Drafted by Anaheim 1990 (4-123) (Kennedy HS, Granada Hills, Calif.).

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ VORP FRAA WARP
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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year DRC+ Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2011 Unable to resist a bad idea when he saw it, Ned Colletti brought Garret Anderson back to California despite a 2009 stint in Atlanta that had "done" written all over it. Anderson posted the lowest TAv of any NL player with 150 PA, squandering both a roster spot and an old man's dignity.
2010 Anderson was signed as a last-minute (February 22), inexpensive stopgap for left field, and the Braves got what they paid for; Anderson was overrated in his prime, so 500 at-bats out of his decline phase didn't help. The Braves paid a higher price than just Anderson's salary, because another February free-agent outfielder like Adam Dunn or Bobby Abreu might have put them in the playoffs. Understandably bitter, the Braves weren't interesting in bringing Anderson back, but after reaching 2,500 career hits, Anderson has his sights set on 3000, a goal which would require four more years of teams giving him far more playing time than he deserves.
2009 The Angels declined Anderson's $11 million option for 2009, potentially ending a 19-year stay in the organization, including 15 in the majors. He isn't worth $11 million, but as a platoon player he still has the skills to hit somewhere in the .290-.300 range, with modest pop making up for few walks. The sum of his parts is something like an average player. His body is a little creaky at this point, and he's going to miss 15-20 games a year, but there are still far worse outfielders playing every day.
2008 Would you believe that Anderson posted the fourth-highest EqA of his career in 2007? At his peak, Anderson was an above-average left fielder. That peak ended four years ago, and he's now part of the Angels' problem-not getting enough runners on base. Just three players in the history of baseball with 7,000 or more career plate appearances walked less frequently than Anderson has-Garry Templeton, Ozzie Guillen, and Bill Buckner. Anderson may have to DH a lot more with Torii Hunter in center and Gary Matthews fighting for playing time in left. As a barely adequate offensive left fielder, Anderson would be a below-average DH.
2007 Honorary recipient of the scarlet letter from Erstad: M for `Millstone.` He`s not evil, and he`s not terrible; the problem is that he`s a professional hitter being paid a superstar`s wage, and with Juan Rivera outshining him in every phase of the game, shunting Anderson off to the DH role only sticks the team with an unexceptional DH. He`s due at least $26 million over the next two years, handicapping the team`s ability to pay or play someone with more ability to hurt the other guys.
2006 Only five players in the AL who qualified for the batting title walked fewer times than Anderson`s 23 (eight of which were intentional), and only three saw fewer pitches per plate appearance. A player can get away with this sort of thing when he slugs better than .500, as Anderson did in his best years. But when his power dropped, he became a low-wattage slugger and a problem, not a solution. Anderson is a player who`s gone from underrated to overrated as fast as any in recent memory.
2005 Anderson got bumped to center field, which took a good left fielder and turned him into a sub-par defender, while stranding Darin Erstad's great centerfielder's glove at first base while leaving DH totally vacant for most of the year (Angels' DHs hit only .240/.323/.401). Anderson was out April 22-June 10 with arthritis in his upper back, and posted his lowest slugging percentage since 1997. The words "arthritic" and "center field," not to mention "arthritic" and "full recovery" go together like blintzes and Tabasco sauce. Signing Steve Finley mercifully pushes him back to left.
2004 Anderson is one of those anomalies who makes being an analyst frustrating and makes being a fan exhilarating. Always a free swinger, Anderson has had his two best seasons in 2002 and 2003 while seeing the fewest pitches per plate appearance of his career. The undisciplined hitter became less disciplined and got better. Go figure. He's down to about 20 unintentional walks a year, or less than one a week, which works for him but does serve to keep his OBP a bit low and his MVP cases weak. He'll be an interesting free agent after the season.
2003 Just as heís been slightly underrated by analysts in the past, he was slightly overrated by the mainstream media this year. Anderson is what he is: a good defensive outfielder who can hit for a moderately good average and power, particularly against breaking stuff, but he walks approximately as often as Clarence Thomas deviates from Antonin Scalia. Heís under contract through next season, and the forecast above looks about right.
2002 As a supporting player on a team with some offensive talent, or as a center fielder, Anderson has value. The problem is one of perception: major media outlets around the country were calling Anderson the Angelsí 2001 MVP, an insane proposition for a corner outfielder who put up a .314 OBP while playing on the same team as Troy Glaus. Anderson is a good defensive center fielder with pop on a team that doesnít need that.
2001 The home runs were the only thing to go up; his already-low OBP fell and even his batting average dropped. Because of this, his nominal career year really wasn't much better than his typical one. Garret Anderson will be able to hit like this for as long as he gets regular playing time. Look for about the same performance every year until, as with Full House, someone mercifully pulls the plug while no one is watching.
2000 His defensive numbers were much better in center field than they had been in the corners, and he did receive praise for his play in the wake of Jim Edmondsí injury. Offensively, he was the same as ever; of course, a .260 EqA from a good glove in center field is a positive, while the same performance by an indifferent left fielder is useless. The Angels have to move an outfielder, so itís hard to say what position or uniform Anderson will be occupying in 2000. Heíll hit what he always hits, regardless.
1998 Wow, an .821 OPS. Feh. A completely replaceable player, and an excellent candidate to be the most overrated one in the American League. Rarely drives the ball, getting a lot of his extra-base hits on cue shots down the left field line. If Anderson hits what Vlad thinks he will, that RBI number is going to be much higher.
1997 The very definition of a tradable player. Andersonís skill, hitting for average, is extremely visible and does a lot to hide his inability to get on base. The Angels should probably let him get hot for half a season, then unload him for the best available offer. This teamís biggest strength is outfield depth, and Andersonís the odd man out.
1996  Now that the Angel bandwagon has emptied, we can look at Garret more realistically. Hit like Tony Gwynn through early August, but his lack of patience at the plate caught up with him afterwards and he slipped badly, ending up with a good, but hardly stunning, rookie season. Struggled against lefthanders down the stretch, swings at everything with seams and plays an indifferent left field. Hit .405 on 0-and-2, which can't last.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2009-10-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)Matt Diaz kills left-handed pitching. Isn't it easier to find him a righty-masher platoon mate than to find a full-time left fielder?
(Christopher from Nashville)
How many lefty platoon mashers are there, though? Not as many as you'd think, and many of them wind up employed as everyday players already, given the roster crunch that favors employment of fourth-tier relievers at the expense of tactical weapons on offense. They just tried it with Garret Anderson, after a fashion, and that flopped. Trying it again with Ryan Church or seeing if there's anything left with Brian Giles? The best best might be to get in on any offers for Brad Hawpe. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-07-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jay, how do the Braves fix their absolute mess of an outfield, now and down the road?
(steveomd from Ohio)
Start by pulling the ol' switcheroo the next time the traveling secretary hands out plane tickets to Jeff Francoeur and Garret Anderson, maybe something along the lines of a flight to Tijuana via Nova Scotia.

I'd start with the assumption that McLouth should be playing a corner position (does he have the arm for right?), platoon Gregor Blanco and Omar Infante in center, at least until you're satisfied Schafer is ready, and try to find a lefty bat that can match with Matt Diaz in left. And look forward to the day when Jason Heyward is ready (two years?). (Jay Jaffe)
2009-05-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)Any way to fix the Braves OF situation? The way I see it, they don't have a single outfielder who should be playing every day right now, and at least one who shouldn't be playing at the major league level.
(Matt A from Raleigh)
Stick with the commitment to Schafer, because that's been made and should be worthwhile. I'd play Brandon Jones, because I never got as down on him because of his Triple-A funk last season as some people did; there's your left-field platoon, with Diaz. The problem's really still Frenchy, and Garret Anderson's not really a fix there, even in a platoon. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-03-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)Garret Anderson is talking about playing until he gets 3000 hits. I don't think anyone considers Anderson a hall of famer, except, with some of the inexplicable reasoning of the BBWAA recently, how much consideration would he get if he played four more seasons as a regular?
(Josh from Sacramento)
If Harold Baines can't get much more than five percent, neither will he, but then I have a hard time imagining any team(s) withstanding four years of him as a regular at an offense-first position given production declining from his 2005-2008 level as he moves into his late 30s. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-02-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Joe Crede? I figure there's a chance that he'll perform better than Buscher/Harris, and if/when he gets hurt or sucks, Buscher/Harris is still there and all the team lost is a couple million dollars. On the other hand, Gardenhire loves crappy players, especially when they are veterans who can play defense, so there's no guarantee he'll come out of the lineup no matter how bad he is.
(russadams from St. Paul, MN)
I think the Twins can't help themselves sometimes. Year in and year out, they bring in no-upside veterans, usually good with the glove and with lousy OBPs. Then they wonder why they missed the playoffs again. Crede almost works in a Garret Anderson, the-other-guys-might-be-worse sense, but that's the nicest thing I can say about the deal. Was there really no way to trade anything for Hank Blalock? (Joe Sheehan)
2008-10-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)Prior to the Ryan Howard era, which players in baseball were most overrated?
(Reed from Des Moines)
Ichiro Suzuki, Derek Jeter, Garret Anderson. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-10-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)Please tell me that no team will offer Garret Anderson a full time job next season. He is platoon at best. Might not even be good enough as a right handed platoon.
(Robert from LA)
He's never had big platoon splits, and in fact, has often been backwards. I wouldn't mind him as a PH/extra OF, probably in the NL, but there's no way I give him even 300 PA. He actually has a PH skill set. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-09-23 13:30:00 (link to chat)A's have lots of trade ammo, any chance they could get a Fielder or Holliday this offseason?
(eric from vegas)
To what end? The A's seem to have a lot of guys who can play on the corners. They need up-the-middle talent.

By the way, there's never, ever been a baseball team to get less out of plate discipline than the A's. They can walk, and that's all they can do. I've lost track of the number of times they've had the bases loaded, no one out, and get no or one runs while making three straight outs. They just can't *hit*. If any team needs some Garret Anderson clone, it's the A's. I can't believe I'm saying this. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-07-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi, Christina, love your writing... the queen of transaction analysis! Big question for you: Are the Angels due for a whopping regression next year? I'm mostly worried about their 2007 Diamondbacks-like pythagorean win-loss record. Their outfield in particular looks like it'll be a shambles. They'll be minus Juan Rivera (unless they make a serious effort to re-sign him), Vlad will undoubtedly be taken up on his team option, Garret Anderson will be gone, but Torii Hunter will be a year older (and he's already showing signs of decline), and the team will be carrying that godawful Gary Matthews, Jr. contract (barring a DFA). Plus, the bullpen will almost certainly be without K-Rod, and that leads to questions about the team's ability to shut down the opposition late in games with the implied roster reshuffling. Like the 2008 Snakes, it seems they could very quickly become a .500 (or worse) team in a hurry. Thoughts?
(scareduck from Somewhere west of Angel Stadium)
I think it makes for a very interesting question, because the factors you mention could lead to an expectation that it might take fewer than 90 wins to take next year's division crown, at which point you can put Oakland and Texas into the picture if they play for the near-term. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-06-20 13:30:00 (link to chat)OK, so I know lineup order doesn't matter all that much and yadda yadda, but will there be any point in this season that Casey Kotchman gets to bat higher in the lineup than the barely breathing corpse of Garret Anderson? And really, isn't Anderson, along with Matthews Jr., a huge part of the reason the Angels' run differential is so mediocore?
(deadmonkeyhead from CA)
Yes. We kill the Dodgers for Jones and Pierre, but the Angels are paying just as much money to bad outfielders. The Matthews contract was inexplicable, indefensible, and is now part of the Angels' problem. Free Kendry Morales! (Joe Sheehan)
2008-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Joe, thanks for chatting. Are there any of today's players that you expect to be overrated by the HOF voters, like Rice is?
(collins from greenville nc)
Man, good question. Obviously the way in which, say, Derek Jeter is overrated will carry over. Jeter is a Hall of Famer, a first-ballot guy, so it doesn't matter much.

On the margins...you know, I have to tell you that I clicked on this question, and now I can't come up with an answer. I don't know that this era has many marginal Hall of Famers who are likely to be *overrated* based on reputation or too-simple stats, such as RBI or wins.

Great question. I wish I had a better answer. The only one I can think of is maybe David Ortiz. Garret Anderson, I suppose, if he has a bounceback. (Joe Sheehan)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2008-10-02 11:00:00Thursday Playoff GamesI sort of like the idea of keeping Vlad and chasing after Tex, and with K-Rod, Garland, and Garret Anderson coming off of the books (assuming they ditch that insane $14 million option for '09), they should have the cash. The tough call to my way of thinking is whether or not to re-sign Figgy. (Christina Kahrl)
 

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