It’s been a pretty rough offseason for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Thanks to a messy divorce between Jamie and Frank McCourt, the Dodgers haven’t been able to add many offensive parts this offseason.
Instead of adding parts to their offense, the Dodgers were losing parts. They lost Orlando Hudson, Ronnie Belliard, and Jim Thome to free agency, and they traded Juan Pierre to the Chicago White Sox.
While the Dodgers have a pretty good starting nine, losing these players has cost Los Angeles valuable depth. Joe Torre’s bench—and overall team, for that matter—is pretty paper-thin. One big injury to this team and they will be in serious trouble.
When you are that thin, you look for depth anywhere you can find it. Earlier in the offseason, the Dodgers signed the ancient Brian Giles to a minor league contract. Now Giles has found his ancient tag-team partner.
According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers have signed 37-year-old Garret Anderson to a minor league contract. Anderson can make $550,000 if he makes the team out of spring training.
Anderson and Giles in spring training for the Dodgers? I will take outfielders who were good 10 years ago for $1,000, Alex.
Anderson hit .268 with 13 home runs in 135 games with the Atlanta Braves last year. His .268 average and .705 OPS were the lowest of his career.
If Anderson does make the Dodgers’ Opening Day roster, it will be strictly as a left-handed pinch hitter off the bench.
Anderson is a career .295 hitter with 2,501 hits, 285 home runs, 516 doubles, and a .790 OPS in 16 seasons with the California/Anaheim/Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Braves.
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