So Long Garret, Welcome Jay!
The Garret Anderson era for the Los Angeles Dodgers is over. The Dodgers designated Anderson for assignment and brought up outfielder and first baseman Jay Gibbons from Class-AAA Albuquerque.
“It was time to make a move,” general manager Ned Colletti said. “We wanted to give him every opportunity.”
Anderson was hitting .181 in 80 games and 163 plate appearances mostly as a pinch hitter off the bench.
The sentiment of change was echoed by manager Joe Torre.
“Garret has been inconsistent up here,” Torre said. “As tough as this was for me, we felt like we wanted to try something different.”
Gibbons has been hitting .347 with the Albuquerque Isotopes with 19 homers, a .375 on-base percentage and a .594 slugging percentage.
“Gibbons all year long has been the guy producing down there,” Torre said. “He has been consistent all year long. He’s going to be a bench guy. You’ll see more double switching with him.”
And so ends right fielder Andre Ethier’s stint as a first baseman for the season.
Gibbons, who went to Mayfair High School in Lakewood and Cal State LA, was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays and came up with the Baltimore Orioles in 2001. He played with the Orioles until the 2007 season where he had a batting average of .260 and slugged 121 homers. By opening day in 2008 he was cut by the Orioles.
“I had a great time there for seven years,” Gibbons said. “I hold no animosity and just appreciate everything they did for me.”