Reds sign OF Josh Anderson
The Reds have signed outfielder Josh Anderson to a minor league contract with an invite to Spring Training as a non-roster player.
Anderson, a Somerset, Ky., native, was thrilled about coming to Cincinnati.
“I’m looking forward to getting started with them,” Anderson said. “I’m extremely happy about it. I grew up a Reds fan. I was about three hours from their stadium. I look forward to helping out any way I can.”
Anderson, 27, batted .240/.276/.304 with one homer and 24 RBIs for the Tigers and Royals in 118 games last season. He is a left-handed hitter and stole 25 bases in 30 attempts. He started 2009 in camp with the Braves and was traded to Detroit near the end of spring. He was dealt to Kansas City on July 30.
“It’s been a whirlwind,” Anderson said. “I’ve been fortunate to have a little time up there [in the Majors]. I’m trying to get an opportunity to stay and get a chance to play.”
In 179 games over three seasons with the Astros, Braves, Tigers and Royals, Anderson is a .272 hitter with a .313 OBP. He’s walked 26 times compared to 82 strikeouts. Experienced at all three spots, he will be part of an increasing crowd of outfielders vying for a spot — along with non-roster invite Laynce Nix, Chris Dickerson, Willy Taveras and others.
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