Thursday, March 26, 2009

More On The Drew M. Anderson Trade

Tampa Bay RaysCorey Brinn has this to add on Drew M. Anderson being traded from the Cincinnati Reds to the Tampa Bay Rays:
Anderson was on the backfields at the Cincinnati Reds Spring Training Complex warming up for a game against minor leaguers from the Minnesota Twins. Anderson was in the starting lineup playing second base. As he finished up his pre-game routine and stretches he was tapped on the shoulder by field coordinator Freddie Benavides, and was asked to join him and Terry Reynolds for a few words.

Anderson was told that he had just been traded to the Tampa Bay Rays and they were expecting him to report to their minor league complex in Port Charlotte, about 45 minute drive from Sarasota. With a few "thank you's" and "Good Lucks" Anderson headed into the clubhouse to pack up his locker and move his career in a new direction.
I asked him if he knew any details of the trade, and he said all he knew was a phone number of the Rays farm director that he was supposed to call. Having their Triple-A team in Durham, North Carolina, Anderson is hoping to make that squad so that he can live at home and be close to family and friends. Appearing a bit "shell shocked," the 26 year old infielder told me he was excited "because Tampa Bay had a strong interest in him and could be a better road to the show."

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