Journeyman left-hander Brett Anderson has reportedly agreed to terms with the Milwaukee Brewers to a one-year, $2.5 million contract. The deal will become official once the 32-year-old pitcher passes a physical. Anderson can make an additional $1 million in incentives.
Left-hander Brett Anderson and the Milwaukee Brewers are in agreement on a one-year, $2.5 million contract, pending physical, a source familiar with the deal tells ESPN. Anderson, 33, returns to Brewers and can make an addition $1M in incentives. @Ken_Rosenthal first linked them.
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Anderson spent 2020 with the Milwaukee Brewers after signing a one-year, $5 million contract. He started 10 games, going 4-4 with a 4.21 ERA, walking 10, and striking out 32 in 47 innings. Anderson missed action due to a tight hip and a blister.
The Brewers were his sixth team since making his major-league debut in 2009.
Man of Many Teams
He has a career record of 63-65 with a 4.06 ERA. Anderson has walked 276 and struck out 714 in 1,044 innings. All but 12 of his 198 career appearances have been starts. He has only reached double figures for wins three times in his 12 seasons, posting a career-best 13 victories (against nine losses) in 2018 with the A’s.
Anderson, a groundball specialist, has spent the bulk of his career with the A’s and has a 43-43 record with a 3.91 ERA. He has battled a number of injuries, including having Tommy John surgery in the 2011 season while he was with the A’s.
He returned after a 13-month absence and went 4-2 with a 2.91 ERA in six starts in 2012. Following the 2013 season, the A’s traded Anderson to the Rockies for Drew Pomeranz and Chris Jensen. He became a free agent following the 2014 season and signed a two-year contract with the Dodgers. After L.A., Anderson signed with the Cubs, who traded him to the Blue Jays before he re-signed with the A’s for the 2018-19 seasons.
Anderson was picked in the second round of the 2006 draft out of Stillwater (Okla.) High School by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Baseball America rated him as having the best control of the high school pitchers in that draft.
He was traded by the Diamondbacks to the A’s in December 2007 in a deal that also involved Carlos Gonzalez and Dan Haren. Anderson made his major-league debut with Oakland in 2009 and finished sixth in AL Rookie of the Year voting.
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