With arguably the busiest day in MLB history today ahead of the Winter Meetings next week in Florida, the Los Angeles Dodgers and free agent reliever Brian Wilson are closing in on a new contract. Along with solidifying their bullpen, the Dodgers need to upgrade their bench, sign another infielder and possibly add another starting pitcher.
On name that’s certainly available via trade is Oakland Athletics pitcher Brett Anderson especially after they signed pitcher Scott Kazmir to a multi-year deal yesterday. With knowledge that the Dodgers want to add another pitcher, Mark Saxson of ESPNLA.com was told about their potential interest in the 25-year-old pitcher:
The @dodgers have not inquired about Brett Anderson, I was told
— Mark Saxon (@markasaxon) December 3, 2013
Just 25-years-old, Anderson has been on the DL every year of his professional career and is recovering from a stress fracture in his right foot that caused him to make just five starts last season. Another reason for his low start total was due to him undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2011 and the Dodgers don’t need another injury prone pitcher.
Teams that are heavily involved in negotiations are the Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees and possibly the Minnesota Twins. Still just 25-year-old, Anderson has shown flashes of dominance at the big league level, but hasn’t shown the ability to stay healthy.
With the signing of Dan Haren coupled together with the return of Chad Billingsley and Josh Beckett off injury, adding another potential DL-bound pitcher doesn’t make much sense. The Dodgers are likely to wait for the Masahiro Tanaka situation to play itself out before looking at another pitcher either via free agency or trade, but Anderson doesn’t fit into their plans.
ICYMI: The Dodgers and Dan Haren agreed to a one-year deal last week.