When the Los Angeles Dodgers signed Brett Anderson to a one-year deal back in December they knew they were taking a risk on the 27 year old. Anderson has battled several injuries throughout his six-year career and had pitched less than 45 innings in each of the last three seasons.
However, both Anderson and the Dodgers should be happy with how the year has turned out. On the year, the left-hander has thrown 172.2 innings, with a 3.75 ERA, 4.03 FIP, and 1.36 WHIP. The Texas native is just four innings shy of surpassing his career high in innings pitched, which he set in his rookie year with the Oakland Athletics.
With the regular season winding down, Anderson recently addressed his future and said he’s open to re-signing with the Dodgers, according to ESPN’s Mark Saxon:
It’s been a good fit,” Anderson said a few days ago. “It fits my personality here. With [Clayton] Kershaw the top guy, I can just go about my business and kind of pitch in the shadows. It’s been gratifying to stay healthy and help win with these guys.”
Anderson signed for $10 million, but his his salary also included a signing bonus and incentives.
Currently at 172.2 innings pitched on the year, Anderson has now made $1.65 million in pitching incentives this year. He will make another $375,000 once he reaches 175 innings and $400,000 at 180 innings and every five innings he pitches after that.
Nonetheless, the bonuses aren’t something Anderson is focused on as he looks to finish the year strong.
Looking ahead to 2016, there is a lengthy list of formidable pitchers who will be available via free agency. While the list includes David Price, Johnny Cueto, and Jordan Zimmermman, those top-tier pitchers may not be likely to join the Dodgers unless the club lost Zack Greinke.
Should the Dodgers not re-sign Anderson, whom they could present with a qualifying offer, other pitchers the club may be interested in signing include Mike Leake, Yovani Gallardo, and Scott Kazmir.
All three pitchers were rumored to be sought out by the Dodgers in the weeks leading up to the trade deadline, and they will be part of the free-agent class.