FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Prospect Lars Anderson thinks he has neared the end of the development phase in his career, but the problem is that there's no spot for him on the Red Sox's roster. Adrian Gonzalez is the first baseman and David Ortiz is the designated hitter.
That's why it was interesting to hear manager Bobby Valentine say that Anderson will spend some time working in the outfield during Spring Training.
Because of Anderson's lack of experience in the outfield, it seems doubtful he would play any Grapefruit League games out there this spring. But perhaps it could broaden his viability down the road.
"I agree totally with him when I talk with him and he says that he's in a developing stage of his career, but he's up toward the height of his development where he feels he's ready to take some really important steps," Valentine said. "That wouldn't be in my mind at the big league level. Those steps would be getting to the big league level. He's close, but he's not there. I like what I see and I like what I hear. I like him."