Rockies Acquire Brett Anderson
Cross off Brett Anderson from your list of possible high-risk, high-reward, comeback pitcher types — the Oakland Athletics have traded the oft-injured lefthander to the Rockies.
Anderson underwent Tommy John surgery midway through the 2011 season, came back in late August 2012, and then suffered an ankle injury / stress fracture in his foot that caused him to miss much of 2013. When he’s been healthy, he’s been brilliant, but he’s made more than 19 starts only once in his 5-year MLB career.
Still, Anderson is only 25 years old, and he’s lefthanded, so he’s perceived as a valuable asset and potential top-of-the-rotation guy. The Rockies gave up another 25-year-old LHP, Drew Pomeranz, as well as righthander Chris Jensen, to obtain Anderson — as well as $2M toward his salary ($8M in 2014; there’s a club option for 2015 at $12M or a $1.5M buyout).
This could be viewed as a salary dump by Oakland. I think it’s more than that — I think they know enough about Anderson’s health and mechanics to believe he’s not worth $8M, and I think they believe Pomeranz has a chance to perform a bit closer to the phenom status many formerly predicted for him. He made a bit over the MLB minimum last year and isn’t due for arbitration until 2016. After learning to survive without Anderson, and adding Scott Kazmir to the mix, this looks like a very smart move by Billy Beane — are you surprised?
What’s your reaction? Did you think the Mets might go after Anderson, and/or Pomeranz?