Before this season, nobody had ever taken a qualifying offer. However in the last two days, three players have accepted them, as Dodgers' left-hander Brett Anderson is the latest to do so, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.
The 27-year-old enjoyed a rather successful first season in LA, going 10-9 with a 3.69 ERA and making 31 starts for the Dodgers. Anderson was drafted in 2006 by the Diamondbacks, only to be traded a year later to the A's. After spending five years with Oakland, he was moved to the Rockies. Anderson spent 2014 with Colorado before being granted free agency and signing a one-year contract for $10 million with Los Angeles.
A major knock on Anderson has been his ability to stay healthy. Last season however he was able to stay on the field, as he reached a career high of 180.1 innings. That was only the third time in his career that Anderson was able to throw at least 100 innings, and the first time he was able to do so since 2010.
Anderson gets a bump in his salary and another chance to succeed as a back-end rotation option for the Dodgers. They have been linked to a number of top-tier starting pitchers, hopefully leaving Anderson to mop up as a fourth or fifth starter. If all goes well, Anderson can re-enter the market next year, at age 28, with a weaker pitching class and chance to cash in on a longer term deal.