3:04pm: According to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand tweet, Anderson signed a three-year, $39 million contract. 3:02 p.m.: The Angels have agreed to contracts with free agent lefty Tyler Anderson and New York Post’s John Heyman (Twitter link). Anderson had a one-year, $19.65 million qualifying offer, but his contract with Halos meant he turned it down in favor of a more lucrative deal. Anderson’s deal is a three-year deal valued at about $40 million, adds Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Anderson is represented on the Beverly Hills Sports Council. In December, Anderson, 33, entered a career-high season with the Dodgers in 2022, posting a 2.57 ERA over a career-high 178 2/3 innings. In the process, he punted 19.5 percent of his opponents on a 4.8 percent walk rate and 40.1 percent ground ball rate. A former first-round pick by the Rockies (20th overall in 2011), Anderson showed promise as a rookie in 2016 (3.54 ERA in 114 1/3 innings) and began to struggle at Coors Field, eventually suffering a fairly serious injury. A knee injury that derailed some of his prime. Anderson was diagnosed with a cartilage defect in the cartilage of his left knee, which missed most of the year and ended his tenure with the Rockies. Anderson’s return to the big leagues since leaving Colorado has been impressive. Anderson, who signed a one-year compensation deal with the Giants heading into 2020, did so in a Covid-shortened season. His 4.37 ERA in 11 starts/13 total appearances wasn’t exactly remarkable, but the following season he signed another big league contract with the Pirates. The Phillies and Mariners pursued Anderson at the 21-year trade deadline, and the lefty eventually landed in Seattle. His 31 approximate league average pitches landed him a late-year contract with the Dodgers. As is often the case, the Dodgers have found a way to extract new levels of performance from Anderson in 2022. Anderson hasn’t overhauled his pitching repertoire, but outside of the shortened 2020 season, he relied more heavily on his changeup. . CBS Sports’ RJ Anderson points out that Anderson has ditched the changeup grip he’s been using in recent years and returned to an older grip that produces more drops and limits hard contact more effectively than before. Anderson ranked in the 98th percentile among MLB pitchers in terms of average exit velocity and opponent’s batting average, and in the 95th percentile in opponent’s pursuit of pitches off the plate. It’s now the Angels’ duty to help Anderson maintain the 2022 version of himself while he’s pitching in his mid-30s. It’s the first multi-year contract of Anderson’s career, and more surprisingly, the first multi-year deal the Angels have given a free agent starting pitcher since signing Joe Blanton and three general managers 10 years ago. Owner Arte Moreno seems to hate multi-year contracts for free-agent starters in all but a few special cases where the Halos are pursuing Gerrit Cole, for example. Potential Sales of Franchises. It’s also the second consecutive winter that Moreno and general manager Perry Minassian have entered the market to sign a pitcher with a qualifying offer. The Angels signed Noah Syndergaard to a one-year, $21 million contract last year before a QO decision was officially made. Anderson will enter a rotation spearheaded by two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani, giving manager Phil Nevin a fourth lefty to follow his ace in the rotation. The Angels’ trio of Patrick Sandoval, Reed Detmers and Jose Suarez enjoyed a very productive 2022 season in a rather stealthy way. Adding Anderson gives the Angels a strong five-man to lean on, and the Halos have some inside options to round out their six-man rotation if they want to give Ohtani another day off. Righties Chase Silseth, Griffin Canning, Chris Rodriguez, Janson Junk, Touki Toussaint and Davis Daniel are all on the 40-man roster, as are lefties Tucker Davidson, Jhonathan Diaz and Kenny Rosenberg. That certainly doesn’t rule out further additions, and some of these depth options might not last an entire offseason on a 40-man roster. Anderson’s full-year contract details are not yet known, but assuming an even split for the time being, the Halos are projected to be worth $173 million for the 2023 season, according to Roster Resource’s Jason Martinez. For luxury tax purposes, the Anderson deal projects the Angels at $187.5 million. The Angels started the 2022 season with a franchise-record $188.6MM salary, so by signing Anderson they’re already jumping from their peak to around $15MM. With a few holes to fill around the roster, including the infield, maybe the corner outfield, and the bullpen, they could be ticketing what will be a third straight season to hit a new franchise record. Because the Dodgers paid a luxury tax for 2022, the payback for Anderson’s loss will be a pick between the fourth and fifth rounds of next year’s draft. Meanwhile, the Angels, as a team that received neither revenue sharing nor luxury taxes, would give up their second-highest draft pick and see their league-allocated international bonus pool cut by $500,000.
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