UPDATE: 12/27 – With no official word on the Brett Anderson announced, it appears the Dodgers will complete the deal in the coming week via Bill Shaikin of the LA Times.
The Dodgers also are expected to announce the signing of left-hander Brett Anderson early next week, perhaps as soon as Monday. The team reached agreement on a one-year, $10-million contract with Anderson earlier this month, pending a physical examination and consultation among medical specialists.
There’s a lot of change heading to Los Angeles in the coming week, as the Matt Kemp and Jimmy Rollins deals are set to be finalized along with the signing of Brandon McCarthy.
The Dodgers were busy during the Winter Meetings, trading and signing players to shape their 2015 roster. Andrew Friedman had mentioned the need for a catcher, which will come in the form of Yasmani Grandal, and two starting pitchers. McCarthy has reportedly agreed to a four-yeal deal and now it appears the Dodgers have made another deal.
According to Buster Olney of ESPN, there’s a new starting pitcher heading to Chavez Ravine:
The Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a one-year, $10 million deal with left-hander Brett Anderson, with $4m in possible incentives.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 15, 2014
The left-hander spent last season with the Colorado Rockies, making just eight starts due to injury. He went 1-3 with a 2.91 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 43 innings. Before the Rockies, Anderson spent five years with the Oakland Athletics. Because of his time with the A’s, it would seem that Farhan Zaidi was a fan and is at least a factor into the deal. Anderson has made over 20 starts in a season just once, his rookie year, and has dealt with numerous injuries over the years. Overall, he is 27-32 with a 3.73 ERA in 92 games (81 starts).
Anderson would temporarily slot into the fifth spot in the Dodgers rotation behind Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu and McCarthy. Due to his past, the Dodgers could still sign another starting pitcher in case injury strikes again. If Anderson can remain on the mound, he could turn out to be a bargain buy for the team.