To think just a few months ago Los Angeles Dodgers fans weren’t thrilled with Tyler Anderson being signed to a one-year contract. To think just a few months ago Tyler Anderson agreed to undertake a role in the bullpen. To think a few months later Tyler Anderson has been one of the best pitchers in MLB and came within two outs of a no-hitter on Wednesday!
Baseball is truly the wild west.
In no realm did anyone see this coming, though. Anderson is an unblemished 8-0 with a 2.82 ERA, 3.10 FIP, 0.94 WHIP and 63 strikeouts in 12 games (10 starts), totaling 67 innings. His Statcast metrics? All red! With the exception of fastball velocity, of course. That’s not his thing.
He doesn’t walk batters. He gets many to chase. And he doesn’t give up hard contact. There you have it. All you need to know. Throw in the fact he has the capability to throw six pitches and you can see how the Dodgers were able to unlock him like nobody else has.
Sorry, Giants! You had your chance back in 2020!
So when we look at the list of other starting pitchers making (mostly) far more than Anderson, it goes to show how the Dodgers are far ahead of the pack in seeing what others don’t. Don’t forget the Dodgers don’t underpay, either. Anderson is making $8 million this year which really isn’t bad for someone who had a high-4.00 ERA before arriving in Los Angeles.
Most of these MLB pitchers make WAY more money than Dodgers’ Tyler Anderson
- Gerrit Cole (largest contract for a pitcher ever) – $36 million
- Stephen Strasburg (isn’t playing) – $35 million
- Chris Sale (isn’t playing) – $30 million
- Marcus Stroman (bad) – $25 million
- Patrick Corbin (very bad) – $23.41 million
- Madison Bumgarner (bad) – $23 million
- Robbie Ray (fine) – $21 million
- Noah Syndergaard (eh) – $21 million
- Hyun-Jin Ryu (out for season) – $20 million
- Charlie Morton (bad) – $20 million
- Yusei Kikuchi (eh) – $16 million
- Jon Gray (eh) – $15 million
- Eduardo Rodriguez (how?) – $14 million
- Blake Snell (ha!) – $13.1 million
- Zack Greinke – $13 million
- Anthony DeSclafani – $12 million
- Alex Wood – $12 million
- German Marquez (bad) – $11.3 million
- Jose Berrios – $10.7 million
- Mike Minor – $10 million
- Wade Miley – $10 million
- Alex Cobb – $9 million
- Steven Matz – $8.5 million
*Some others were excluded because their performances match their salary or they’ve put up similar/better numbers than Anderson
But that’s a hell of a list! Gerrit Cole making 4.5 times more than Anderson is objectively hilarious too, considering the Yankees “ace” is lagging behind in innings (relative to Anderson coming out of the bullpen to start the season), ERA, FIP, WHIP and wins.
The best part is that the Dodgers may have set Anderson up for a once-in-a-lifetime payday, too. While we’re laughing about how cheap he costs this year, it won’t be so funny next year. But it could be an epic turnaround for the left-hander who has largely struggled to catch on consistently since debuting in 2016.