Los Angeles Dodgers sign lefty pitcher Brett Anderson

December 31, 2014

The Los Angeles Dodgers today officially announced the signing of free-agent left-handed pitcher Brett Anderson to a one-year contract.  Other outlets have reported that the deal is worth $10 million.

Anderson, 26, is expected to become the fourth or fifth starter in the Dodgers' rotation, but is a bit of a gamble because he is injury prone.

As a member of the Colorado Rockies last year, Anderson was limited to just eight starts by a broken left index finger and lower back surgery, going 1-3 with a 2.91 ERA. He allowed just one home run in 43.1 innings and permitted three or fewer earned runs in seven of his eight starts, including five quality starts.

Anderson has gone 27-32 with three saves and a 3.73 ERA in 92 games (81 starts) in six big league seasons with Oakland (2009-13) and Colorado (2014). During the course of his career, Anderson has posted a 1.29 WHIP and a 2.90 strikeout-to-walk ratio, striking out 386 and walking only 133. He has 56.2 career ground-ball percentage and allowed an average of only 0.75 home runs per 9.0 innings, giving up only 41 home runs in 494.0 career innings.

Anderson was originally selected by Arizona in the second round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.

To make room for Anderson on the 40-man roster, the club designated infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena for assignment.  Arruebarrena recently signed a 5-year, $25 million deal with the team.

By Staff of TheDailySportsHerald.com and news services

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