Sunday July 31, 2011 | 06:00 AM

Three years ago, Lars Anderson was the rage. He tore up Class A and, after a promotion to Double-A, he was impressive in Portland, too, batting .316 with five home runs in 41 games.

Also promoted to Portland in 2008 was an outfielder named Josh Reddick. The Red Sox were high on him, too. But Reddick looked lost in Double-A, batting .214 in 34 games (although his six home runs did give a hint of Reddick's power).

In July of 2011, Anderson is trade bait. He appeared out the door late Saturday night (early Sunday morning), part of a proposed deal for A's pitcher Rich Harden. But that deal is on hold, if not called off, because of concerns over Harden's medical issues. ESPN/Boston is one of many media outlets with the story.

Reddick, meanwhile, is now the Red Sox starting right fielder. Today's column takes a look at Reddick's journey.

As for this blog (and my tweets), it will be shutdown this week. Vacation time. I will be around, but have promised that the laptop will stay closed, the smart phone turned off. While a time spent at Hadlock or an Fenway can be marvelous, family time beats them both. Tune back in the following week.



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