There has been endless speculation this off-season that a White Sox outfielder is going to be traded.
Jermaine Dye, the 35-year-old right fielder, is the name that keeps coming up, but he’s staying put unless the Sox are out of contention when the July 31 trade deadline rolls around.
I didn’t hear anything concrete at SoxFest this weekend, but don’t be surprised if Brian Anderson is the one to go.
I’m thinking Anderson would welcome a change of scenery, because he’s currently third on the depth chart among White Sox center fielders behind Jerry Owens and Dewayne Wise.
Brent Lillibridge, who has been getting rave reviews since being acquired in a trade from Atlanta, can also play center.
For reasons I still don’t fully understand, Anderson has a hard-core fan base even though he pretty much flopped (.225) when he got a chance to play every day in 2006.
After spending most of 2007 at Class AAA Charlotte, Anderson stuck with the Sox last season but made just 39 starts while mainly serving as a late-inning defensive replacement.
When a player is blocked from getting on the field, GM Kenny Williams often looks for a trade. Anderson is clearly in that position.
Two days before SoxFest started, Williams pointed out Anderson’s skills. Maybe he’s hoping other teams read this quote:
“If Brian Anderson would have played every day last year, he would have hit about .275 and would have hit 25 home runs,” Williams said. “I don't think you can disagree with that.”