Though I’d love to jump onto the “oh my God, why are we signing Garret Anderson?!” bandwagon with all of the other Braves fans, I think ire at that particular move is somewhat misplaced. Anderson, for as horrendous as he is, actually stands to improve the Braves’ outfield in 2009, and this deal does not obligate Atlanta to Anderson for 2010. So in a vacuum, it’s a defensible move. Of course, the precondition to the existence of that vacuum was Frank Wren’s inability to put together anything approaching a serviceable outfield, thereby rendering Anderson a comparatively attractive option.
In other words, don’t slam this transaction. Slam the half dozen made and missed transactions that allowed this one to make some kind of sense.