Dodgers starter Brett Anderson has reached another performance bonus threshold tonight, tweets Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register. Anderson will earn another $350K for throwing 170 innings. He’s triggered $1.65MM in bonuses in addition to his $10MM base salary.
Here’s more on Anderson and baseball’s western divisions:
- Anderson would like to return to L.A. next season, reports Mark Saxon of ESPN. The club is also reportedly interested in re-signing the southpaw. Anderson is in the midst of aÂ rough outing at Coors Field tonight, but that’s hardly an uncommon occurrence. IncludingÂ his performance through three innings this evening, Anderson has a 3.77 ERA, 5.87 K/9, 2.41 BB/9, and a 66% ground ball rate over 171.2 innings. He’s just four innings short of his career high (set in 2009). Between improved health and success, Anderson should be a popular target this offseason. The 27-year-old could potentially use Brandon McCarthy‘s four-year, $48MM contract as a comparable. McCarthy was entering his age 31 season when he signed that deal, but he was arguably coming off a stronger platform season. MLBTR’s Charlie Wilmoth also considers McCarthy and Pirates lefty Francisco Liriano as possible precedents.
- Josh Byrnes is a top candidate for a roleÂ inÂ the Angels front office, confirms Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register (via tweet). However,Â Los Angeles isÂ not looking to hire a president of baseball operations. Whoever they signÂ will be the GM.Â You canÂ learn more about Byrnes and the other Angels’ GM candidates here.
- If the Tigers hadn’t retained manager Brad Ausmus, he would have been a top candidate for the Padres opening, writes Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune. Ausmus debuted with the Padres way back in 1993. He played in parts of four seasons for San Diego before later moving on to the Tigers, Astros, and Dodgers.Â While it’s a moot point now, it seems likely that Ausmus would have landed somewhere on both feet.