Well that changes my opinion of the Brian Anderson signing only slightly. It's not really something to get overly excited about or all worked up over. I liked it better as a minor league depth type of deal but a one year $700,000 contract is nowhere close to being Moore's worst acquisition. He is essentially a Mitch Maier clone which is one reason why the move initially confused me, I mean we already got one.
Check it out:
2009 - .243/.333/.331/78 OPS+
Career - .249/.328/.324/75 OPS+
2009 - .243/.328/.347/75 OPS+
Career - .227/.290/.370/69 OPS+
The similarities don't stop with the stats - they are the same age (27) and were drafted in the same round (1st) in the same year (2003). Anderson is considered the better defensive player (if only slightly) but I would imagine the sample sizes are too small to be 100% accurate.
Having two players with identical strengths and weaknesses who share the same position is a concern from a roster standpoint. It's a lot like the Olivo/Buck situation except cheaper.
I'm a little confused by Moore's quest to obtain as many mediocre ChiSox players as he can. Anderson is the fourth player from the 2009 White Sox brought into the organization this off-season (Betemit, Getz, Fields are the others). For the record Chicago only won 79 games so it's not like he's dismantling a dynasty. I sincerely hope Scott Podsednik will not be the fifth but I imagine the Anderson signing ended that potential nightmare.
Lesson learned - Chicago is the new Atlanta.