SCOTTSDALE, AZ - MARCH 14: Fans follow the action on the baseball diamond between the Cincinnati Reds and the Colorodo Rockis during the spring training baseball game at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on March 14, 2011 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
The Colorado Rockies have agreed to sign former White Sox outfielder Brian Anderson to a minor league contract as a relief pitcher.
The Colorado Rockies have agreed to sign relief pitcher Brian Anderson to a minor league contract, according to Matt Eddy of Baseball America. Anderson had spent spring training with the Los Angeles Dodgers but failed to make the team and opted for free agency.
Anderson, 30, was once the primary center fielder for the Chicago White Sox a few years back after emerging as a top prospect, but his career as an outfielder fell apart and he's since tried to reinvent himself as a relief pitcher. We've seen position players make the conversion to the bullpen before, including Blue Jays closer Sergio Santos (a former shortstop), so there's some intrigue here.
Over the past two seasons, Anderson has made 21 minor league appearances across four different levels, posting a 1.80 ERA with 26 strikeouts and six walks over 25 innings.