In a swap of outfielders, the Boston Red Sox traded Mark Kotsay and cash to the Chicago White Sox for Brian Anderson on Tuesday.
The Red Sox are second in the AL East and designated the 33-year-old Kotsay for assignment last week. The White Sox are second in the AL Central and sent the 27-year-old Anderson to Triple-A last week.
Kotsay hit .257 with one home run and five RBI in 27 games for the Red Sox this year. He started the season on the disabled list while recovering from back surgery.
Kotsay is a career .281 hitter in 13 seasons with Florida, San Diego, Oakland, Atlanta and the Red Sox. He started all seven games for Boston in last year’s AL championship series loss to Tampa Bay.
He is a lifetime .373 hitter (25 for 67) as a pinch-hitter. Kotsay has 113 assists since 1998, ranking third among big league outfielders behind Bobby Abreu (117) and Vladimir Guerrero (115).
Anderson was hitting .238 with two homers and 13 RBI when the White Sox sent him down to Triple-A Charlotte. The Red Sox will option him to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Anderson is a career .225 hitter with 20 homers in 334 games since making his major league debut with Chicago in 2005. Like Kotsay, Anderson is known for his excellent defense.
The Cubs have activated Ryan Dempster from the 15-day disabled list and optioned reliever Justin Berg to Triple-A Iowa. Dempster started Tuesday night against the Astros. He had been out since July 5, when he broke his right big toe hopping over the dugout railing to go on the field and celebrate a victory over the Brewers. Dempster is 5-5 with a 4.09 ERA this season after going 17-6 with a 2.96 ERA in 2008. … Jim Rice’s No. 14 is up on the facade at Fenway Park along with other Hall of Fame greats from the Red Sox. Rice was inducted into the Cooperstown, N.Y., shrine over the weekend, and on Tuesday night the Red Sox retired his number. Rice walked in from left field, where a giant “14” was mowed into the grass. … The Rangers recalled rookie right-hander Guillermo Moscoso from Triple-A Oklahoma City and optioned righty Willie Eyre prior to Tuesday night’s game against Detroit. … The Cardinals are sending struggling Todd Wellemeyer to the bullpen. The right-hander is 7-9 with a 5.79 ERA. … Rangers pitcher Vicente Padilla, still weak from the swine flu, was scratched from Tuesday night’s start against the Tigers. … Padilla was diagnosed with the illness last week and missed a start against Boston. … Former Angels relief pitcher Luis Quintana has died in Florida. Palm Beach County sheriff’s officials said in a statement that Quintana, 57, died of natural causes. He was found in his car Monday after it crashed. … Red Sox manager Terry Francona said the club is disappointed that sidelined pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka went public with his concerns on how the team is handling his training techniques. Matsuzaka was 1-5 with an 8.23 ERA before going on the 15-day disabled list June 21 with a mild strained right shoulder. Dice-K expressed his concern to a Japanese newspaper, and news of the interview broke in Boston on Tuesday. … The San Diego Padres activated catcher Henry Blanco and infielder David Eckstein off the disabled list before the second game of their series against the Reds. Blanco and Eckstein have been sidelined since early July with strained hamstrings. Both were in the starting lineup Tuesday against Cincinnati. The Padres designated catcher Jose Lobaton for assignment to the minors and optioned outfielder Drew Macias to Triple-A Portland to open roster spots.