Toronto Blue Jays Claim Lars Anderson

By Clayton Richer
Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The Toronto Blue Jays have claimed first baseman Lars Anderson off waivers from the Chicago White Sox.  The White Sox made Anderson available in order to clear roster space for the newly acquired Conor Gillaspsie.

Anderson is a former 18th round selection of the Boston Red Sox in the 2006 Amateur Baseball draft.

Anderson has been a frequent flyer of late being a member of the Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Arizona Diamondbacks and White Sox since July, 2012. Anderson’s resume contains a .125 average in 30 major league games with the Red Sox split between three seasons.

Anderson was a promising prospect in the Red Sox organization ranking 17th in 2009 on the Baseball America Top 100 prospect list. Anderson was also ranked 40th and 87th in other seasons.

In 748 career minor league games Anderson has hit .278 with 76 home runs, 414 runs batted and owns a minor league OPS of .801. Anderson has a career fielding percentage of .990 the 25 year old spent time between first base and left field last season as a member of the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Anderson will assume the first base duties for the Blue Jays triple A affiliate Buffalo Bisons and act as an insurance policy since David Cooper is out indefinitely with a serious back injury.

Unless Alex Anthopoulos can convince the New York Yankees management that Anderson is their man to fill the Curtis Granderson void in the Yankees outfield and with the track record of the Blue Jays general manager, anything is possible.

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