The Cincinnati Reds signed free agent outfielder Josh Anderson. He played last season with the Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals. His additon to the already crowded outfield picture is a bit puzzling.
He hit .240 last season while playing all 3 outfield positions. He also hit only 1 homerun and stole 24 bases in 118 games.
Cincinnati is his fifth major league team since making his debut for the Houston Astros in 2007. He is coming back home of sorts. He grew up about 150 miles South of Cincinnati. And, he went to Eastern Kentucky University where he played baseball.
I am not sure where he fits on this roster. His speed will definitely help his chances but with Drew Stubbs in CF and Jay Bruce in RF with Chris Dickerson, Laynce Nix, and rookie Chris Heisey competing for the LF spot.
I just don’t see him winning a spot on the big league team. Unless, we can move Willy Taveras for a case of bats and balls he won’t come North.
Anderson is a little too old to be considered a prospect but I like his base stealing ability and his glove. Maybe, he can light it up in Spring Training and we will see him in Cincy.