Braves sign Anderson to minor-league deal

The Braves signed outfielder Josh Anderson to a minor-league contract on Tuesday and assigned him to Triple-A Gwinnett. Anderson, who played 40 games with the Braves in 2008, is expected to arrive at the G-Braves on Thursday.

Anderson hit .294 with three home runs, 12 RBIs and 10 stolen bases for the Braves.

It has been quite a journey for Anderson since he left the Braves, who traded him to the Tigers in March of 2009. After 74 games with the Tigers he was designated for assignment on July 24. Six days later he was traded to the Royals. He became a free agent following the season when he was non-tendered by the Royals. He signed a minor-league contract with the Reds in January and was released in May. He signed a minor-league deal with the Brewers and was released on June 11.

The G-Braves have a lack of outfielders after starters Gregor Blanco and Brent Clevlen were re-called to the majors.

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The Abs Man

June 15th, 2010
8:09 pm

I like this move. This kid runs like a deer, and have hunch he can be productive off the bench.
Good move.

the cox man

June 15th, 2010
8:25 pm

looks like Josh was born to be a brave. hope they bring him up in august.


June 15th, 2010
8:37 pm

Looks great! Keep him this time.


June 15th, 2010
8:41 pm

Good move. He’s a solid utility outfielder and can take care of business in CF when needed.


June 15th, 2010
8:48 pm

He sucks! There is absolutely no reason to for the Braves to sign a player that has a career 313 OBP. It really doesn’t matter how fast you are if you are incapable of getting on base.

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John N Daytona

June 15th, 2010
8:59 pm

Why did all of those teams dump him???

Babe Ruth

June 15th, 2010
9:14 pm

The Braves farm system is loaded with pitching, but nothing too promising on the offensive side of the ball.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

June 15th, 2010
9:18 pm

maybe he was being mentored by the wrong coaches after he left ATL. glad he’s back.

[...] Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal Constitution is reporting that Josh Anderson has been signed to a minor league deal by the Braves. This will be Anderson’s 2nd run with the Braves after being traded by the team to Detroit a couple seasons back. [...]


June 15th, 2010
9:30 pm

Well, Babe, there’s Freddie Freeman, who – despite his struggles – is a hitting prospect. There’s the kid Salcedo we just signed out of the Caribbean. Those are two promising young hitters at positions of need. Combine them with the fact we have several starters just beginning their careers (Heyward and Prado) and another kid who might still pan out (Schafer)…

Could be better, but it’s not like the cupboard is bare.


June 15th, 2010
9:32 pm

You can not steal first base.


June 15th, 2010
9:42 pm

Welcome back Josh, I hope you do great with the G-Braves and get added to our 40-man roster later this season.

Lantiki Jones

June 15th, 2010
9:53 pm

Clearly Josh needs a little tutoring from Terry Pendleton on his BA and OBP. He really helped Francoeur, Andruw, and Norton—not.


June 15th, 2010
9:54 pm

Lets see…. in past 12 months he has played 4 months, been designated for assignment, been traded again, released again, and released yet again. Sounds like his services are in high demand :)


June 15th, 2010
9:55 pm

The AAA team just needs some warm bodies in the OF. Not sure what all the negativity from some posters is about.


June 15th, 2010
10:14 pm

It’s a minor league contract – who gives a crap!

Old Guy

June 15th, 2010
10:24 pm

He’s still young and he has potential. I think he should study Richie Ashburn’s
batting style and copy it. If he gets his OBP up, he’d make a great leadoff hitter.


June 15th, 2010
10:26 pm

Welcome back Josh!

san diego dawg

June 15th, 2010
10:40 pm

have the Braves been able to secure a visa yet for Gomez?


June 15th, 2010
11:50 pm

Great move. He could add depth to the minors or really improve the speed in their lineup. Could be a good leadoff guy depending on matchups.

A. Dylan Thomas

June 16th, 2010
12:54 am

Oh boy a player that wasnt good enough to make the Royals!


June 16th, 2010
1:20 am

Blanco seems to be doing ok. On base 3 times tonight, 2 hits and a walk. Came very close to 2 other hits on a diving catch by the LF and a good over the shoulder catch by the RF deep. Maybe TP has been working with him. He is already better than McLouse. Not great but better than McLouse.


June 16th, 2010
1:42 am

So the Braves are totally going “green”?

I mean, they do seem committed to recycling their waste!

Jesse Stone

June 16th, 2010
7:11 am

A. Dylan Thomas- The Royals and Devil Rays (when they were crappy) let Matt Diaz go. I don’t get the negativity on a minor league deal. Seems like Anderson could fill a post season pinch runner role. Dave Roberts’ OBP was only .330 for Boston in ‘04. How’d that work out?

Yogi 2

June 16th, 2010
7:14 am

Anderson is a great move for Gwinnett. Maybe now they will release
the Druggie (J Shafer) Josh has always been a good defensive player.
He, Mclouse and Shafer have alot in common, they can’t hit.


June 16th, 2010
7:39 am

Only thing he could possibly be good for would be a pinch runner.


June 16th, 2010
8:59 am

Anderson allows the Braves to keep Schafer in AAA until he’s ready. Schafer does not need to shuttle back and forth from Gwinnett to Atlanta, or sit on the bench in Atlanta.


June 16th, 2010
9:16 am

Geezzz, I see all the half empty cups are at it this morning. Don’t you people ever have a positive thought?

Greg Norton

June 16th, 2010
9:35 am

Again I’m available, sign me to a minor league contract.


June 16th, 2010
10:46 am

You can steal 2nd base after some of the chunky guys get their walks:) An excellent 4th-5th ourfielder late inning pinch runner. This is the McClouth replacement. Look for McClouth to be traded … somewhere … please.


June 16th, 2010
10:49 am

For offense … how about Jurrjens, McLouth, and a pitching prospect to Houston for Bourn and their 3B prospect Chris Johnson.


June 16th, 2010
12:02 pm

A big yawn!!! Maybe they can teach this kid to beat the ball in the ground and run a la Miguel Dilone. That should send all the baseball neophytes scrambling.

The GBraves lack outfielders – so you take a flyer on a kid who you know can catch the ball and run – maybe they get lucky.


June 16th, 2010
12:39 pm

Definitely a good move. It’s a move that adds depth, which is something you can never have enough of. Good luck Josh!


June 16th, 2010
12:53 pm

Welcome back Josh. Great move.

ExBraves Fan

June 16th, 2010
1:52 pm

Dr. Ken (above): and you THINK that Pendleton can get his bat going???? Pendleton is a lousy hitting coach. He cannot fix anyone’s swing. If this guy cannot hit, Pendleton certainly is not going to fix it.

Eubank Bulldog

June 16th, 2010
3:29 pm

Go get em Josh. I think this is a good fit for you. Hope to see you in Atlanta soon.

Hooks Fan 3

June 18th, 2010
12:05 am

The Astros blew it when they traded Josh to the Braves. He is a born centerfielder and lead off batter and always gives 100+ percent.

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