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Braves Sign Garret Anderson

Well, that was quick. Just days after missing out on Ken Griffey Jr., Atlanta came to terms with the next corner outfielder on their list, signing Garret Anderson to a one-year deal worth approximately $2.5 million, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Dave O'Brien.

It's an interesting deal in part because of the money it guarantees. Anderson's deal may actually offer more guaranteed money than any packages offered to Griffey ever did. Naturally, that begs the question: Did the Braves overreact and feel they had to add another outfield bat, signing Anderson to an above-market deal as a result?

Even if they did, the deal is still cheap for Anderson's prospective production. He'll be used just as Atlanta would have used Griffey; in a platoon with Matt Diaz. After years in Anaheim, Anderson will also have a friendly face to bond with in Casey Kotchman, who was sent to the Braves as part of the Mark Teixeira deal last year.

So, what do people think of the signing? Is it unintentionally a step up from Griffey? Are the Braves officially reaching too far by signing Anderson?

By Cameron Smith  |  February 22, 2009; 6:40 PM ET
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Cameron, "begs the question" does NOT mean the same thing as "raises the question." Lots of folks misuse this phrase; you do it in almost every post. To "beg the question" is to offer an answer to a question with a response that raises other questions.

Posted by: advocate2 | February 23, 2009 8:54 AM | Report abuse

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