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