The White Sox didn't really want outfielder Brian Anderson. And the Boston Red Sox felt the same way about Mark Kotsay.
So Tuesday's exchange of Sox makes sense for both sides.
It also raises an obvious question - when the 33-year-old Kotsay joins the White Sox, possibly in time for Wednesday night's game against the Twins - who is going to be the odd man out?
Kotsay plays the outfield, so reserve Dewayne Wise is a possibility.
But Wise's stock soared after he made a sensational catch in the ninth inning Thursday to preserve Mark Buehrle's perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
While meeting with reporters before Tuesday night's game at Minnesota, Sox general manager Kenny Williams hinted that Josh Fields may be moved off the 25-man roster.
Fields has played sparingly since rookie Gordon Beckham took over at third base in early June.
"Josh and I have talked," Williams told reporters Tuesday. "And I spoke with Josh's agent early this morning before any deal was made. I understand exactly how they feel right now."
Anderson, the White Sox' first-round draft pick in 2003, batted .238 with 2 home runs and 13 RBI in 65 games this season.
Over five seasons with the Sox, Anderson batted .225 with 20 home runs and 75 RBI in 334 games. The 27-year-old outfielder was optioned to Class AAA Charlotte on July 20 after Carlos Quentin came off the disabled list.
It was no secret Anderson was looking for a change of scenery.
"To be honest, I'd like to still have him," Williams said. "But that's secondary to me giving him my word. He's had opportunities here and they haven't gone as well as he would have liked. It didn't go as well, obviously, as we would have liked.
"I asked him to go down (to Charlotte) with a good attitude and if the opportunity presented itself I'd give him an opportunity to go elsewhere."
In exchange for Anderson, the White Sox get Kotsay and cash considerations from Boston.
Kostay has been dealing with back and calf injuries this season, and he batted .257 with 1 HR and 5 RBI in 27 games with the Red Sox before being designated for assignment.
"As you get into August and September, if you're in the race, the quality of the at-bats becomes more important, versatility becomes more important, insurance becomes important," Williams said.
"There's an intangible side I also believe in going down the stretch, and that's character on the bench. This is a quality, quality guy that adds a lot of peripherals to the team."
Kotsay, who also plays first base, is a career .281 hitter with 110 home runs and 614 RBI over 13 major-league seasons with Florida (1997-2000), San Diego (2001-03), Oakland (2004-07), Atlanta (2008) and Boston (2008-09).