The Dodgers have agreed to a one-year, $10 million contract with left-hander Brett Anderson, as first reported by Buster Olney of ESPN.com. The deal also includes $4 million in possible incentives, meaning that Anderson could earn $14 million if all bonuses are reached.
Anderson also drew interest from the Yankees and Athletics on the open market, according to Olney, and was linked to the Indians, Royals, Twins and Rockies before coming to terms with the Dodgers today. The addition of Anderson represents a continuation of the Dodgers' revamping of their rotation, as they have also added Brandon McCarthy and subtracted Dan Haren from the group in the last week.
Anderson is likely to serve as the Dodgers' fifth starter, behind a solid group of McCarthy, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Zack Greinke, and Clayton Kershaw. The team was thought to be pursuing high-end starters like James Shields or Cole Hamels, but the additions of McCarthy and Anderson may lessen those chances.
Anderson, who turns 27 in February, has struggled with injuries over the last few seasons, and has not reached the 100-inning mark since 2010, when he was with the Athletics. For his career, he has posted a 27-32 record and 3.73 ERA in 494 innings with Oakland (2009-2013) and Colorado (2014).