Angels sign Tyler Anderson

Angels sign Tyler Anderson

3:04 p.m.: It’s a three-year, $39 million deal for Anderson’s Mark Feinsand, MLB.com tweets.

3:02 p.m.: The Angels agree on a contract with free agent Lefty Tyler Andersonreports Jon Heyman of the New York Post (Twitter link). Anderson had received a $19.65 million year-long qualification offer, but his deal with the Halos means he’s turning it down in favor of a more lucrative deal. Anderson’s deal is a three-year deal worth around $40 million, according to The New York Post’s Joel Sherman adds. Anderson is represented by the Beverly Hills Sports Council.

Tyler Anderson

Anderson, who turned 33 in December, had a career-best season in 2022 with the Dodgers, posting a 2.57 ERA in a career-high 178 2/3 innings. Along the way, he beat out 19.5% of his opponents against a 4.8% walk rate and 40.1% ground ball rate.

Anderson, a former Rockies first-round pick (No. 20 overall, 2011), showed promise as a rookie in 2016 (3.54 ERA in 114 1/3 innings) before struggling at Coors Field and eventually a pretty serious one Damage suffered a knee injury that derailed some of his prime. Anderson was diagnosed with cartilage damage in the cartilage of his left knee, which sidelined him for the better part of a year and led to the end of his tenure with the Rockies.

Since leaving Colorado, Anderson’s rise back to the big league has been impressive, to say the least. Anderson has signed a one-year reprieve deal from the Giants for 2020 and has done just that in the Covid-shortened season. A 4.37 ERA in 11 starts/13 appearances overall wasn’t exactly stunning, but it did earn him another big league contract with the Pirates the following season. Both the Phillies and Mariners trailed hard behind Anderson at the 21 trade deadline, with the left-hander eventually ending up in Seattle. His 31 starts with about league-average pitching earned him a late-year one-year contract with the Dodgers.

As is often the case, the Dodgers found a way to elicit a new level of performance from Anderson in 2022. Anderson hasn’t revamped his pitching repertoire, instead relying on his change more than he did in the shortened 2020 season. CBS Sports’ RJ Anderson mention, that that Anderson also gave up a switch grip he’d been using for the past few years and reverted to an old grip that ended up creating more drop and limiting hard contact more effectively than ever. Anderson ranked in the 98th percentile of MLB pitchers for average exit speed and opponent hit rate, and he sat in the 95th percentile for opponent tracking rate on pitches off the plate.

It’s now up to the angels to help Anderson maintain the 2022 version of himself even when he’s in his mid-30s. It’s the first multi-year deal of Anderson’s career and, more surprisingly, the first multi-year deal the Angels have awarded to a free-agent starting pitcher since signing them Joe Blanton ten years ago and three managing directors. Owner Arte Moreno was apparently averse to multi-year pacts for free-agent starters in all exceptional cases — who were chasing Halos Gerrit Kohl, for example — and it will be Anderson who bucks that trend as Moreno explores a possible sale of the franchise. It’s also the second winter in a row that Moreno and general manager Perry Minasian have jumped onto the market to sign a pitcher who had received a qualifying offer. The Angels signed Noah Syndergaard to a one-year, $21 million contract last year before his QO decision was officially due.

Anderson will enter a rotation led by a two-way Superstar Shhei Ohtani, giving manager Phil Nevin a fourth left-hander to follow his ace in the rotation. The trio of angels Patrick Sandoval, Reid Detmers and Jose Suarez enjoyed, slightly under the radar, a very productive 2022 season.

The addition of Anderson gives the Angels a strong quintet to lean on and the Halos have a handful of internal options to round out a six-man rotation should they prefer to give Ohtani an extra day off. right-handed Hunt Silseth, Griffin canned food, Chris Rodriguez, Janson Junk, Touki Toussaint and DavisDaniel are all on the 40-man roster, as is southpaw Tucker Davidson, Jonathan Diaz and Kenny Rosenberg. That certainly doesn’t preclude further additions, and it’s possible some of those depth options won’t even last the entirety of the offseason on the 40-man roster.

The yearly breakdown of Anderson’s deal is yet to be announced, although assuming an even split for now, the Halos are expected to increase to an estimated $173 million for the 2023 season, according to Roster Resource’s Jason Martinez. For luxury tax purposes, the Anderson deal pushes the Angels to an estimated $187.5 million.

The Angels opened the 2022 season with a franchise-record $188.6 million in payroll, so signing Anderson already lifts them to about $15 million from their peak. With multiple holes to fill around the roster — infield, maybe corner outfield, bullpen — they’re likely nominated for a third straight season in which they’ll set a new franchise record.

Since the Dodgers paid the luxury tax in 2022, their compensation for losing Anderson will be a choice between the fourth and fifth rounds of next year’s draft. The Angels, meanwhile, as a team that didn’t receive revenue share or pay the luxury tax, will relinquish their second-highest draft pick and see their league-allocated international bonus pool reduced by $500,000.

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