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Of all the deals the Los Angeles Dodgers made this winter, one of the more surprising ones was signing left-hander Brett Anderson to a one-year deal worth $10 million.

While Anderson’s talent is undeniable, it’s his injury-riddled past that is the most concerning. He’s thrown just over 200 innings combined over the last four seasons, including less than 50 in each of the last three. Though Anderson is aware of his past, it doesn’t seem to bother him thinking about the future.

According to Mark Saxon of ESPN LA, the left-hander thinks his past is a bit skewed:

Yes and no,” Anderson said when asked if he views his signing as a risky one. “Due to my track record, it’s hard to say. I haven’t been able to go out as consistently as I would like and the teams I’ve played for would have liked, but then again a lot of the injuries have been fluky things.”

He’s missed time with a broken finger suffered in the batters’ box, and missed most of last year with a herniated disk. Anderson has undergone Tommy John surgery once already, but the past few injuries have not been arm-related. The 26-year-old is still relatively young, and for someone his age, his arm is relatively fresh.

If Anderson can stay away from weird injuries and solidify the Dodgers rotation, then his one-year deal will become one of the steals of the offseason. Judging from his work when on the mound, there’s a very good chance that he can make it happen.

About The Author

Vince is currently the Associate Editor and Social Media Manager for Dodgers Nation. Hailing from San Pedro, CA and a student at Cal State Long Beach, Vince has previously written for the Daily 49er and LASF Magazine.

3 Responses

  1. larryball

    He will be comeback player of the year … or the month of April.

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  2. Tmax

    Jim Bowden of MLB radio ranked the 10 million for Anderson as one of his top surprises for off-season. Said 10 mill for damaged goods was outrageous. He also said the 4 year contract for McCarthy was not a good deal for the Dodgers. He felt both deals were reaches and should have been for a lot less and more laden with incentives.

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