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jklm
12-05-2001, 07:46 PM
You get what you pay for...

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news/ap/20011205/ap-indians-anderson.html

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Free agent outfielder Brady Anderson, dumped after 14 years by the Baltimore Orioles, is close to signing a one-year contract with the Cleveland Indians, a team source told The Associated Press.

Anderson, who will be 38 in January, could sign with the Indians as early as Thursday, said the source, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

Baltimore decided to release Anderson after he batted just .202 -- 59 points below his career average -- with eight homers and 45 RBIs last season.

The Orioles ate the final season of a five-year, $31 million contract Anderson signed after the 1997 season. The Indians would have to pay $200,000 of Anderson's salary with the Orioles picking up the remaining $3.8 million for next season.

Cleveland general manager Mark Shapiro would only confirm that the Indians were interested in Anderson.

The Indians were one of several teams interested in signing Anderson, a three-time All-Star who hit 50 home runs in 1996. The New York Yankees also pursued Anderson but decided to break off talks, leaving him to the Indians.

The signing is low risk for Cleveland, which has been looking for a corner outfielder and who are trying to trim its payroll from $90 million to around $75 million for next season.

Anderson has played most of his career in center field, but will likely bat leadoff and play left field for the Indians. With Anderson leading off, Indians manager Charlie Manuel could bat center fielder Milton Bradley near the bottom of the order.

Bradley was acquired last season in a trade with Montreal, and the youngster wouldn't feel as much pressure hitting lower in the order with Anderson around.

The Indians will also benefit from Anderson's leadership in the clubhouse.

Despite his dreary 2000 season, Anderson remained a positive influence with the Orioles.

In Cleveland, Anderson will be reunited with former teammates Eddie Murray and second baseman Roberto Alomar.

Murray, a future Hall of Famer, was recently hired as the Indians' batting coach and Shapiro said Murray thinks most of Anderson's problems last season were mechanical and can be fixed.

Anderson recently said he felt slighted in being released by the Orioles on Nov. 16, but was encouraged that other teams were still interested in his services.

``I had my mind made up to finish my career in Baltimore,'' he said. ``Now you want to go where you're wanted.''


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Chisox_cali
12-05-2001, 07:48 PM
As Long as he doesnt come here I could care less where he goes

Daver
12-05-2001, 07:53 PM
To borrow a play from the Cubs philospy,the Sox don't need to get better,the rest of the division just needs to get worse.

This could be a start.

Jerry_Manuel
12-05-2001, 08:07 PM
Originally posted by daver
To borrow a play from the Cubs philospy,the Sox don't need to get better,the rest of the division just needs to get worse.

This could be a start.


So the Tribe is going to lose Lofton and Gonzalez. Cordova signed with Baltimore, and to make up the offense they sign Brady Anderson?

I love it! :D:

RedPinStripes
12-05-2001, 08:14 PM
I like that idea.

GASHWOUND
12-05-2001, 08:14 PM
Originally posted by jklm
You get what you pay for...

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news/ap/20011205/ap-indians-anderson.html

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Free agent outfielder Brady Anderson, dumped after 14 years by the Baltimore Orioles, is close to signing a one-year contract with the Cleveland Indians, a team source told The Associated Press.

Anderson, who will be 38 in January, could sign with the Indians as early as Thursday, said the source, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

Baltimore decided to release Anderson after he batted just .202 -- 59 points below his career average -- with eight homers and 45 RBIs last season.

The Orioles ate the final season of a five-year, $31 million contract Anderson signed after the 1997 season. The Indians would have to pay $200,000 of Anderson's salary with the Orioles picking up the remaining $3.8 million for next season.

Cleveland general manager Mark Shapiro would only confirm that the Indians were interested in Anderson.

The Indians were one of several teams interested in signing Anderson, a three-time All-Star who hit 50 home runs in 1996. The New York Yankees also pursued Anderson but decided to break off talks, leaving him to the Indians.

The signing is low risk for Cleveland, which has been looking for a corner outfielder and who are trying to trim its payroll from $90 million to around $75 million for next season.

Anderson has played most of his career in center field, but will likely bat leadoff and play left field for the Indians. With Anderson leading off, Indians manager Charlie Manuel could bat center fielder Milton Bradley near the bottom of the order.

Bradley was acquired last season in a trade with Montreal, and the youngster wouldn't feel as much pressure hitting lower in the order with Anderson around.

The Indians will also benefit from Anderson's leadership in the clubhouse.

Despite his dreary 2000 season, Anderson remained a positive influence with the Orioles.

In Cleveland, Anderson will be reunited with former teammates Eddie Murray and second baseman Roberto Alomar.

Murray, a future Hall of Famer, was recently hired as the Indians' batting coach and Shapiro said Murray thinks most of Anderson's problems last season were mechanical and can be fixed.

Anderson recently said he felt slighted in being released by the Orioles on Nov. 16, but was encouraged that other teams were still interested in his services.

``I had my mind made up to finish my career in Baltimore,'' he said. ``Now you want to go where you're wanted.''


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LMAO!!! Go 'Toons!

:KW
"My master plan worked! Seem like I was interested in Anderson so the Indians would think they stole him away from us."

:reinsy
"I've taught him well."

doublem23
12-05-2001, 08:15 PM
Originally posted by daver
To borrow a play from the Cubs philospy,the Sox don't need to get better,the rest of the division just needs to get worse.

:KW
See? I don't have to do my job.

Soxheads
12-05-2001, 08:28 PM
Originally posted by doublem23


:KW
See? I don't have to do my job.

Statement cotradict's itself.

kermittheefrog
12-05-2001, 11:40 PM
This makes it obvious that the Tribe and Sox like one upping even eachothers bad moves.

"Oh yeah you wanna bring in Sandy Alomar, well this year we'll bring in Brady Anderson."

DVG
12-06-2001, 05:00 AM
Good. Let the washed-up has-been sign with Cleveland. I've
seen my fill of them with the White Sox already (David Wells)
thank you very much.