Former Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson has a new home, reportedly coming to terms with the Cubs on a one-year contract, per Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
The deal is worth $3.5 million with incentives that could take the total up to $10 million, per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. The deal is pending a physical, which given Anderson’s injury history is no small feat.
Wheels up to Chicago...I bet it's cold there.— Brett Anderson (@BrettAnderson35) January 23, 2017
Anderson was plagued by injuries in 2016, limited to just four games and three starts after missing nearly five months after surgery to repair a bulging disc in his back. The left-hander also missed time with a mild left wrist sprain as well as a blister on his left hand.
When he did pitch, Anderson posted an 11.91 ERA, allowing 15 runs on 25 hits in 11⅓ innings.
Anderson made $15.8 million in 2016, one of the first trio to accept a qualifying offer in the four years of the format. Anderson was coming off a strong one-year deal in 2015, betting on himself then posting career highs in starts (31) and innings (180), his first healthy season in years.
Rather than join a flooded pitching free agent market — eight pitchers signed deals worth at least $70 million last winter — Anderson chose to bet on himself one more time, with a much weaker pitching market looming this offseason.
Anderson turns 29 in February.
He is the sixth of the Dodgers’ nine major league free agents to sign a 2017 contract, including the Dodgers re-signing Rich Hill, Justin Turner and Kenley Jansen. A seventh free agent to sign elsewhere was Louis Coleman, who inked a minor league deal with Cincinnati after getting non-tendered by the Dodgers on Dec. 2.
Joe Blanton, J.P. Howell and Chase Utley remain free agents.
Dodgers 2016-2017 free agents
|CL||Kenley Jansen||Dodgers||5 years, $80 million|
|3B||Justin Turner||Dodgers||4 years, $64 million|
|OF||Josh Reddick||Astros||4 years, $52 million|
|LHP||Rich Hill||Dodgers||3 years, $48 million|
|RHP||Jesse Chavez||Angels||1 year, $5.75 million|
|RHP||Joe Blanton||Nationals||1 year, $4 million*|
|SP||Brett Anderson||Cubs||1 year, $3.5 million|
|LHP||J.P. Howell||Jays||1 year, $3 million|
|2B||Chase Utley||Dodgers||1 year, $2 million|
|RHP||Louis Coleman||Reds||minor league deal|