The Dodgers don’t have to pay Dan Haren’s 10 million dollar option next season, so they’ve used that instead to sign another pitcher that is younger and has more potential.
The Dodgers have come to agreement with left hander Brett Anderson on a one-year ten million dollar contract. Buster Olney reported. According to Olney, Anderson can earn up to four million dollars in incentives via the deal. According to Jeff Passan, those incentives kick in at 150 innings pitched.
Anderson is a 26-year old left handed starter, originally drafted and signed by Arizona in the second round of the 2006 draft. If you remember, Anderson made a stupid comment about Yasiel Puig during last summer’s home run derby. Regardless off that Anderson is actually a pretty decent pitcher when he is healthy.
Ironically enough Anderson was traded by the Dbacks to the Oakland A’s along with five other players, (one included was former Dodger Dana Eveland) for Connor Robertson and guess who?, that’s right he was traded for Dan Haren. I swear it’s a small world.
Anderson pitched five seasons in Oakland, and put up decent numbers. His first season in 2009, saw him post an 11-11 record with a 4.06 ERA in 30 starts. In his first season, Anderson whiffed 150 and walked 46.
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Anderson never started more than 19 games for the A’s, as he was hampered by a number of injuries. He had Tommy John surgery in 2011, and also suffered an oblique strain in a start against the Tigers. Anderson missed time because of a broken index finger suffered on a hit by pitch, and then last season ended up having back surgery to repair a bulging disk.
He was traded to Colorado after the 2013 season and threw just 43.1 innings in eight starts for the Rockies. Colorado spent 1.5 million dollars to buy him out of his contract. He then became a free agent. He still posted a 2.91 ERA, and struck out 29 batters while putting up a 1.3 WHIP in 2014.
Anderson has a career 27-32 record in his six MLB seasons. He’s posted a 3.73 ERA with a 7.0 whiff per nine rate, and 2.4 walks per nine clip. He has nearly a 3-1 strikeout to walk ratio.
Anderson has been pretty good if you take a look deeper into his numbers. He’s posted a sub 3.50 FIP in three of his six seasons. Last season he had a 2.99 FIP, and allowed just one home run all year.
Anderson throws four pitches in his arsenal. He has a fastball, changeup, curve, and slider. He was born in Texas, and is originally from Oklahoma. He made eight million dollars last season in Colorado.