Intent on Spending All the Money, Dodgers Sign Brett Anderson

By Vincent Frank

The Los Angeles Dodgers have added injury-prone starting pitcher Brett Anderson on a one-year, $10 million contract that could yield the veteran another $4 million in incentives.

This comes on the heels of a whole host of moves by the new Dodgers front office during MLB’s winter meetings. The team added Jimmy Rollins, Howie Kendrick and Brandon McCarthy, among others, last week.

In reality, this has to be considered the first questionable move of the bunch. When Anderson is healthy, he’s a top of the line starter. The 26-year-old lefty has put up a solid 3.73 ERA with a 1.29 WHIP in parts of six Major League seasons.

Anderson has also missed substantial time due to injury throughout his career. A wide array of injuries ranging from Tommy John Surgery to a broken thumb has limited Anderson to just over 200 innings in the past four seasons.

This last year, his first and only in Colorado, Anderson started just eight games. He did, however, post a solid 2.91 ERA with a 2.99 FIP.

Adding Anderson to the mix with another injury-prone starter in Brandon McCarthy, is a big risk for a Dodgers front office that now includes former Oakland Athletics front office assistantĀ Farhan Zaidi. It’s also reasonable to conclude that the new Dodgers GM played a role in both signings.