Chicago White Sox: Brian Anderson
Although Kotsay is not the player he was three years ago, he can supply the Sox with insurance at all three outfield positions as well as first base.
Kotsay was designated for assignment last week, which means the Red Sox had 10 days to trade him or give the player his unconditional release.
In the deal, the White Sox received money to cover what Boston owed to Kotsay.
According to sources close to the trade, the Red Sox will send the White Sox close to $390,000 to cover the rest of Kotsay's contract.
Brian Anderson had four good shots to make the team as a regular but never hit well enough to hold on to a job. Anderson's worth is as a defensive specialist and a team's decent fourth outfielder.
The White Sox's 2007 first-round pick will be missed in the clubhouse by his teammates, but not by manager Ozzie Guillen and the Sox's coaching staff, who felt Anderson underachieved.
Major League Baseball players have 72 hours to report after a trade. According to team sources, a roster move will not be made today. The likelihood is Kotsay will show up to the team in Minnesota on Wednesday.
Former White Sox starter Freddy Garcia returned to Chicago on Sunday, and will throw a side session for pitching coach Don Cooper on Monday afternoon. Garcia signed a minor-league contract with the White Sox after receiving an unconditional release from the New York Mets earlier in the season.
A 16-game-winning pitcher for the 2005 World Series champion Sox, Garcia is just one year removed from right shoulder surgery to repair his labrum. According to team sources, Garcia is topping out at 85 mph on the radar gun, after only hitting 81 or 82 during his tenure with the Mets.
Garcia told a small media gathering before Sunday's game that his arm and shoulder are pain-free.
"Velocity doesn't really matter for me," he said. "I can get people out if I throw 83 or 88. As long as my arm strength is there, I'm OK."
The White Sox will give right-hander Garcia, righty Bartolo Colon and lefty Clayton Richard a brief opportunity to fill the No. 5 spot in the rotation. General Manager Ken Williams is looking for a top-of-the-rotation pitcher, not a fifth starter, in any deal that he constructs.
The Sox are looking for someone like Baltimore's Felix Pie, who brings both speed and defense. Neither Anderson nor Wise has that combined dimension.