LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers on Wednesday made official the signing of Brett Anderson, inking the left-hander to a one-year contract worth a reported $10 million. The announcement comes over two weeks after the two sides reportedly came to an agreement, and 13 days after Anderson took his physical examination.
To make room for Anderson on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers designated shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena for assignment, with $16 million and four years left on his contract.
Anderson, who turns 27 in February, put up a 2.91 ERA while playing for the Rockies in 2014, which in and of itself is impressive, though it was only for eight starts and 43⅓ innings.
Anderson has had a litany of injuries in recent years, falling short of 100 innings in each of the last four seasons, averaging just 52 innings per year during that span.
He made 30 starts in his rookie season in 2009 but has been on the disabled list at least once per season in every year since, including Tommy John surgery in July 2011. However, if there is a silver lining, Anderson hasn't suffered an arm injury since coming back in August 2012.
Anderson suffered a stress fracture in his right foot that knocked him out for four months in 2013, then in 2014 missed three months with a broken left finger that happened while batting, then had season-ending surgery in August to repair a disc in his lower back.
Fellow new Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy was a teammate of Anderson in Oakland in 2011-2012.
"He's an unbelievable competitor, and is someone who has always envisioned himself as being great. It has been devastating to see him go through all these injuries, because it's holding him back from becoming what he really should be, which is what we all saw a few years ago," McCarthy said. "Here is someone who is going to be really something special. I'm looking forward to watching him again, and being around him."
In parts of six seasons with the Athletics and Rockies, Anderson is 27-32 with a 3.73 ERA, a 112 ERA+, with a 3.51 FIP in 92 games, including 81 starts, with 386 strikeouts and 133 walks in 494 innings.