The Tigers bench situation likely just got a bit more clear.
The organization acquired outfielder Josh Anderson from the Braves, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Anderson, known primarly for his speed, hit .294 for the Braves last season. Anderson is capable of handling all three outfield spots defensively.
Anderson entered spring training as the favorite to win the centerfielder job, but it appears he lost out to Braves' prospect Jordan Schafer. And with Anderson out of options, a trade was necessary.
Tigers' general manager Dave Dombrowski confirmed that Anderson will be a member of the Tigers' Opening Day 25-man roster.
In exchange, the Tigers gave up the 25-year old Rudy Darrow. In 2008, Darrow pitched for both Class-A West Michigan and Double-A Erie, amassing a 2.02 ERA in 62.1 innings. Darrow also struck out 57 and walked 23.
The move solves the problem of who the Tigers would use as their fourth outfielder. However, all is not answered yet, as Marcus Thames, Jeff Larish and Ryan Raburn remain options for the big league roster when spring training. Both Larish and Raburn can be optioned down to the minor leagues. The possibility still remains that Thames could be traded to make room for one of the younger players.