Dodgers Sign LHP Tyler Anderson to Big League Deal

Another starter to add into the mix.

The Dodgers seem to realize that they are in a bit of a predicament with their starting rotation. For the moment, they are relying on a lot of guys to bounce back from down or injured seasons in 2021. And that’s not exactly the place they would like to be with this powerhouse lineup they have constructed.

Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, and Julio Urias profile as the Dodgers’ current top three starters. Trevor Bauer could be in the mix, but that all depends on what Major League Baseball decides to do with him. He is currently out on administrative leave and not with the team.

But the Dodgers did add to that depth this week, signing LHP Tyler Anderson to a big-league deal. The former Rockies hurler will earn a reported $8 million on the deal with an opportunity to earn an additional $500K. Anderson spent the last season with the Pirates and Mariners., 

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Anderson was one of the few remaining starting options on the free-agent market. Last year, he pitched to a 4.53 ERA over 167 innings between Pittsburgh and Seattle. Averaging over 5 innings a start will certainly play up for the Dodgers as they search for guys to eat up innings. 

Overall, Anderson isn’t going to overly impress Dodgers fans. His fastball sits in the low-90s and doesn’t strike a lot of guys out. But he does keep his walks down and can get batters to swing at pitches out of the zone with his pitch mix. For the moment, it seems that he is in the running for a rotation spot. 

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