Tim Anderson was born September 21st, 1977 in New York City. He attended Stuyvesant High School. After high school he played baseball at Hofstra University where he had a 3.75 ERA with 11 saves and a 1.05 WHIP in 35 games (35 innings pitched). He then signed with the Yankees organization as an amateur free agent on July 2nd, 1999 after being selected from the Yankees farm system by the Atlanta Braves.
In 2002, Anderson made his major league debut with the Yankees against the Texas Rangers. On August 16th, 2003 he started his first game for the Yankees when they played their home opener against the Boston Red Sox. He lasted only one inning before giving up a solo homerun to David Ortiz in the top of the second inning. His next appearance came on May 26th, 2004 when he faced off against Randy Johnson and allowed three runs in five innings pitched.
He would not make another start until June 6th, 2004 when he pitched seven scoreless innings against the Baltimore Orioles.
Anderson’s final appearance came on October 4th, 2005 when he pitched six shutout innings against the Tampa Bay Rays. He finished his time with the Yankees with a record of 5-4 and a 3.00 ERA in 53 appearances (53 2/3 innings) while striking out 69 batters and walking just 10. He also made six starts with a 2-2 record and a 3.70 ERA in 36 innings pitched with 35 strikeouts and 10 walks.
On February 21st, 2006 he was traded to the Kansas City Royals (with cash and PTBNL, later identified as Patrick Agnew) in exchange for Steve Karsay and Cecil Fielder.
With the Royals he continued to put up strong performances notching a 5-4 record and a 3.00 ERA in 65 appearances (57 1/3 innings) with 77 strikeouts and just 15 walks. He was tied for third in the American League in games finished.
On December 7th, 2006 he was traded with John Riedling and Daniel Cortes to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for Rusty Greer, Vicente Padilla and cash.
With the D-Backs he saw even more playing time notching a 7-1 record and a 3.33 ERA in 90 appearances (84 1/3 innings) with 75 strikeouts and just 18 walks. He had seven saves, tied for the most in the National League with Trevor Hoffman.
On December 5th, 2007 he was traded to the White Sox along with Alberto Callaspo and Kevin Beirne in exchange for Javier Vazquez and minor leaguers Gioskar Amaya, Brent Lillibridge and J.D. Palin.
With the White Sox he continued to see a lot of playing time notching a 3-3 record and a 3.81 ERA in 80 appearances (73 2/3 innings) with 60 strikeouts and just 16 walks. He was second on the team in games finished with 33, tied for fourth in the American League.
On December 9th, 2008 he re-signed with the White Sox to a one year contract worth $440,000.
That year he saw his playing time drop off notching a 3-6 record and a 4.70 ERA in 55 appearances (60 2/3 innings) with 48 strikeouts and just 22 walks. He was second on the team in games finished with 25, tied for sixth in the American League. He led the league in blown saves with seven.
On December 7th, 2009 he re-signed with the White Sox to a one year contract worth $1.2 million.
That year he saw his playing time drop off even more notching a 2-4 record and a 3.76 ERA in 32 appearances (37 1/3 innings) with 31 strikeouts and just 16 walks. He was second on the team in games finished with 20, tied for fifth in the American League.
On December 16th, 2010 he re-signed with the White Sox to a one year contract worth $1 million.
In his final year in the big leagues he saw his playing time drop off even more notching a 1-1 record and a 3.12 ERA in 21 appearances (21 innings) with 16 strikeouts and just five walks. He was tied for second on the team in games finished with 11, tied for fourth in the American League.
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