In needing to address their starting rotation, the Los Angeles Dodgers went against expectations and signed Brandon McCarthy to a four-year deal, followed by the signing of Brett Anderson to a one-year contract.
When healthy, both pitchers are more than capable back-of-the-rotation starters, however avoiding injury throughout their respective careers has been a challenge. As such, McCarthy’s contract includes financial protection should he land on the disabled list for a prolong period of time.
While Anderson’s contract doesn’t include the same clause, a portion of his $10 million salary is composed of a signing bonus and he can earn an up to $4 million in incentives, according to the Associated Press:
Pitcher Brett Anderson gets a $5 million signing bonus as part of his $10 million, one-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers and can make an additional $4 million in performance bonuses.
Half of Anderson’s signing bonus is due Jan. 15 with the remaining balance to be paid on Feb. 15. As for the additional bonuses, it begins at 150 innings pitched:
He receives a $5 million salary and can earn bonuses based on innings pitched: $300,000 each for 150 and 155; $350,000 apiece for 160, 165, 170 and 175; and $400,000 each for 180, 185, 190, 195 and 200.
Anderson’s career-high for innings pitched is 175.1, which he threw during his rookie season with the Oakland A’s in 2009. The following season Anderson reached 112.1 innings, and has failed to surpass 83.1 innings pitched in the four years since.
While the 26 year old has battled injuries throughout his six-career, Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi said the team wasn’t overly concerned with the pitcher’s health moving forward. If Anderson is able to avoid injury in 2015, he should serve as a considerable upgrade over the options the Dodgers relied on as their fifth starter last season.
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