Anderson, a left-handed starting pitcher, emerged as an old fashioned feel-good story for the Dodgers last season. After bouncing around the league as a durable starter who just couldn't get the results he or his team(s) wanted, he landed in Los Angeles and really took off.
In 30 appearances (28 starts), Anderson shocked the world by going 15-5 with a 2.57 ERA, 3.31 FIP and a 160 ERA+. Remember, 100 is league-average, so that suggests he was 60 percent above league-average last season.
Last year, he did everything right for the Dodgers. He brought his walks down, he allowed only 0.7 HR/9 (easily a career best) and made his first All-Star Game. The results for him on his new team have not been as encouraging, and it now seems that the Dodgers avoided catastrophe.
In the 2022-2023 offseason, the 33-year-old southpaw signed a three-year, $39M contract with the other Los Angeles team, the Angels. This deal was immediately viewed as an overpay and, so far, that seems to be an accurate assessment.
In three starts and 14.2 innings pitched, Anderson has already allowed 11 earned runs (6.75 ERA) on 19 hits, allowing five home runs and walking eight along the way. Everything he had working for him so well last season appears to have flown out the window.