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White Sox claim Lars Anderson off waivers from the Diamondbacks

Feb 1, 2013, 6:40 PM EDT

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The Diamondbacks acquired first baseman Lars Anderson from the Indians in December as part of the three-team Trevor Bauer trade, but his stint with the club didn’t last long. After being designated for assignment last week following the Justin Upton deal, Anderson has been claimed off waivers by the White Sox.

Once a top prospect with the Red Sox, Anderson has seen his stock fade in recent years. The 25-year-old batted .250/.353/.396 with nine home runs, 59 RBI and a .750 OPS in 111 games at the Triple-A level last season and is 8-for-48 (.167) over 30 games in the majors. He was traded to the Indians last July in the deal that sent knuckleballer Steven Wright to Boston.

While the Diamondbacks now only have Didi Gregorius and Tony Sipp to show for trading Bauer, Bryan Shaw and Matt Albers, Anderson could claim a spot on Chicago’s Opening Day roster as a backup first baseman/outfielder and left-handed bat off the bench.

  1. dondada10 - Feb 1, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Can the White Sox assign him to AAAA?

    • paperlions - Feb 1, 2013 at 8:40 PM

      Since the AL Central is AAAA, I would say that it is possible.

  2. tfbuckfutter - Feb 1, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    That doesn’t sound right.

    I’m pretty sure I remember being told he was the future at first base.

    Oh well, at least us Sox fans can still count on can’t-miss prospect Ryan Kalish.

    • whmiv21 - Feb 1, 2013 at 8:06 PM

      The A’s said that they were fine with either Reddick or Kalish in the Bailey trade. Good call Ben C.

      • tfbuckfutter - Feb 1, 2013 at 9:25 PM

        The As were fine with either one because whichever choice the Sox made was going to be wrong.

        It’s just Kalish’s bad luck he’s the one doomed to suffer injury after injury and eventually be traded for a third basemen who 3 years prior hit 23 HRs (And OPSing in the 600s since) in the midst of the Sox thinking they can jump 3 teams and really make a run at the wild card and with 9 left to play against whoever is leading the division by 7 a legitimate shot at taking the AL East.

  3. Glenn - Feb 2, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Yeah, those idiot Red Sox. Boy are they dumb – winning two of the last nine World Series with homegrown talent, shrewd trades, wise free agent signings, and reclamation projects.

    • tfbuckfutter - Feb 2, 2013 at 1:54 PM

      You mean like Marlon Byrd, and Ryan Sweeney, and Edgar Renteria, and Julio Lugo, and Coco Crisp, and JD Drew, and Daisuke Matsuzaka, and Brad Penny, and Paul Byrd, and John Smoltz, and Darnell McDonald, and Mike Cameron, and Carl Crawford, and Mike Aviles, and John Lackey, and Brent Lillibridge, and Mark Melancon and almost this entire offseason?

      Yeah. Maybe you should look up “shrewd” and “wise” and “talent”.

      • pisano - Feb 2, 2013 at 3:46 PM

        tfbuckfutter…….I think you just about covered it all, good post.

      • jlovenotjlo - Feb 2, 2013 at 10:13 PM

        You leave Brent lillibridge out of this! You forgot Zach Stewart

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