TODAY: Anderson is in Chicago for his physical, as the pitcher hinted yesterday and ESPNChicago.com’s Jesse Rogers reports.
YESTERDAY, 9:54pm: Anderson will be guaranteed $3.5MM if he passes his physical, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports tweets. The deal includes incentives that can boost its value to $10MM.
8:33pm: The Cubs have agreed to terms on a contract with lefty Brett Anderson, per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (Twitter links). It’s still pending a physical, which as Rosenthal notes is of particular importance in the case of the oft-injured hurler.
Anderson, who’ll turn 29 on February 1st, made just four major league starts last year after missing the bulk of the season due to back surgery. He had accepted the Dodgers’ one-year, $15.8MM qualifying offer over the winter, but went down during Spring Training. Though it’s promising that Anderson was able to work back to the hill, he was roughed up in limited action.
That said, Chicago liked what it saw in a recent look at the southpaw per Rosenthal’s report, and perhaps can look to utilize him the same way they had intended with Tyson Ross — who was hotly pursued before signing with the Rangers. Both pitchers are looking to return to health and reestablish their trajectories.
It wasn’t all that long ago that Anderson seemed to have turned a corner. When he joined the Dodgers before the 2015 season, he hadn’t surpassed 100 innings in a single year since 2010. But he provided Los Angeles with 180 1/3 innings of 3.69 ERA ball with 5.8 K/9 against 2.3 BB/9, leading to the qualifying offer.
That sort of output likely represents the upside scenario for the Cubs, who have been looking to bolster their rotation depth. As things stand, Anderson and fellow lefty Mike Montgomery could battle it out for the fifth starter’s job, with the other perhaps heading to the pen for long relief and spot start duties.