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Backup outfielders Kotsay and Anderson change Sox

Last week Brian Anderson requested a trade after being demoted to Triple-A and this afternoon the White Sox obliged, sending him to the Red Sox for veteran outfielder Mark Kotsay. Unfortunately for Anderson changing teams still leaves him in the minors, as the Red Sox sent him to Pawtucket.

Anderson has disappointed since being a first-round pick in 2003, hitting just .225/.288/.364 in 862 plate appearances, but he's a good defender in the outfield and a right-handed bat capable of platooning against left-handers. Of course, the Red Sox already have a much better version of Anderson in Rocco Baldelli, so barring some injuries in Boston's outfield he's likely to serve as merely organizational depth for now.

Kotsay hit just .241/.288/.335 in 49 games for the Red Sox after arriving in a midseason trade with the Braves last year and the 33-year-old became expendable in Boston following the arrival of a superior left-handed bat in Adam LaRoche. He's unlikely to play much in Chicago, but will back up all three outfield spots plus first base and could see some action if Carlos Quentin's foot problems flare up or Scott Podsednik cools off.